A Whitney High School teacher was arrested today for "sexting” a female juvenile for unlawful purposes, according to the Rocklin Police Department. Richard Eldredge, who was placed on administrative leave by the Rocklin Unified School District, is a theater arts teacher.
The 17-year-old victim reported to police that Eldredge on more than one occasion texted her asking for either sex or naked photos over a period of at least a month.
The revelations first came to police from a mandated reporter not associated with Whitney High School, according to the report.
“We provided the Placer County District Attorney’s Office with enough information that an arrest warrant was issued,” said Rocklin Police Capt. Lon Milka. “We are seeking additional victims, if any. We don’t believe that there are more, but want to be on the safe side.”
Eldredge, 41, of Sacramento, was booked into Placer County Jail on a Ramey Warrant on suspicion of unlawful contact with a minor for unlawful sexual purposes, a felony.
RUSD Superintendent Roger Stock said the juvenile was a student at Whitney, but had not attended school in the district for a couple of years. The district was informed of the investigation Dec. 11, and immediately placed Eldredge on paid administrative leave, he added. Once the district was given permission to release information, it notified staff and families of the situation.
“The school district always places student safety first and foremost,” Stock said. “It is our highest priority.”
“Anytime someone in a position of the public’s trust gets arrested, it is truly unfortunate, particularly when it impacts children,” said Police Chief Ron Lawrence. “However, as with any other profession, the illegal actions of a small few is in no way a reflection of all of the hardworking, trustworthy and dedicated employees of the RUSD. It's also important to remember that while the Police Department believes there to be enough probable cause to warrant an arrest in this case, Mr. Eldredge is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”
“The RUSD has cooperated fully with the Rocklin Police Department in our investigation of Mr. Eldredge,” Lawrence added. The RUSD administration acted quickly and responsibly to address this matter, and Rocklin PD is pleased with the responsiveness and cooperation of the RUSD administration.”
Rocklin police have no information that there are additional victims but are seeking any information from any other possible victims. Call Det. Neil Costa at (916) 625-5441 with any additional information.