A Mountain View High School math teacher was arrested Tuesday morning after school officials say they discovered he sent inappropriate text messages to a student, according to a joint statement by police and the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District.
Police say the teacher, identified as Evan Smith, was arrested on one count of suspicion of sending harmful matter to a minor, after school officials were notified of the inappropriate conduct between him and a student on Monday afternoon.
Smith, a Mountain View resident, was put on paid administrative leave. He has been a teacher at Mountain View High School for the past 15 years.
The text message exchange began over the summer, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. Police and district officials say they were able to take swift action because the student victim was willing to come forward and notify school staff, according to the statement.
Mountain View police say there may be additional victims in the case, and are asking anyone with information or who might be a victim to contact Det. Frank Rivas at 650-903-6388 or Sgt. Dan Vicencio at 650-903-6386.
Student safety is a top priority for the school district, and students at Mountain View High School who have experienced harassment are being advised to contact a teacher, counselor or David Grissom, the statement said.