Issue date: May 19, 2000
@vcaphed:Terrance Hagan, a teacher at Egan Middle School and a Mountain View resident, entered no plea on Tuesday to charges that he allegedly had sexual relations with two teenage girls.
@vcredit:courtesy of Mountain View Police Department
Teacher faces sex charges
Teacher faces sex charges
(May 19, 2000)
Middle school music instructor said to have had relationship with teenage girls
By Greg Kozocas
Egan Middle School music teacher Terrance Hagan, 29, appeared in Superior Court Tuesday to face charges that he sexually assaulted two teenage girls in a consensual relationship that began months earlier when he met the girls at a function outside his own school.
Bail was set at $600,000 by Superior Court Judge Diane Northway, who heard the case in Palo Alto. Hagan, a Mountain View resident, did not enter a plea to the 10 felony counts, which include charges of statutory rape and sodomy. An additional misdemeanor charge was added for possession of illegal steroids, which police said they discovered while searching Hagan's Mountain View home.
Hagan's next court appearance will be May 23, for a bail motion.
On May 7, Mountain View police responded to a call from El Camino Hospital that a 15-year old female had been sexually assaulted by an unknown person, said police.
Further investigation revealed that the girl's story was "fabricated," and she had actually been having a sexual relationship with Hagan for about six months.
According to police, during the investigation a second victim, a 17-year-old girl, came forward and also admitted that she had a sexual relationship with the school teacher. Neither girl attends Egan Middle School, but met Hagan during outside school functions.
On May 9, prior to Hagan's arrest, Mountain View police obtained a warrant to search Hagan's Mountain View residence. Police said evidence was found that supports the charges. Shortly after the search, Hagan was arrested at the middle school and booked at San Jose Main Jail, where he remains in custody.
Jim Bennett, spokesman for the Mountain View police, told the Voice that there was no evidence to show that force was used on the girls and that the alleged crimes were "completely consensual, however, illegal." If convicted, Hagan could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
Police sources say Hagan does not have a criminal record in Santa Clara County, and that he cleared a background check prior to becoming a teacher.
Hagan graduated cum laude from San Jose State and was a trumpet player in the school's band.
Police speculate that there could be additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Keith Eisenhower at the Youth Services unit, (650) 903-6348.