Former California ‘Teacher of the Year’ Accused of Sex with 16-Year-Old

Thirty-eight-year-old Tracy Vanderhulst
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

An educator once dubbed “Teacher of the Year” is accused of having sex with a teenage student in Yucaipa, California.

Thirty-eight-year-old Tracy Vanderhulst is a math teacher at Yucaipa High School who is now facing charges of statutory rape, the New York Post reported Saturday.

An image shows the woman accused in the case:

Authorities with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said the charges against her came Thursday after officials looked into accusations that she had sex with a minor.

However, the time and place of the alleged incident remained unclear. The Post report noted, “The victim was described as a 16-year-old high school student at Yucaipa High School, although it’s not clear if he is still a student there.”

Following her arrest, the woman was booked into the Central Detention Center and her bail set at $30,000.

Video footage from March 2016 appears to show Vanderhulst demonstrating math problems on a dry erase board for her students:

Now, authorities believe there may be more victims involved in the case.

According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) website, children are unable to consent to any kind of sexual activity.

“When a perpetrator engages with a child this way, they are committing a crime that can have lasting effects on the victim for years,” the organization continued:

The majority of perpetrators are someone the child or family knows. As many as 93 percent of victims under the age of 18 know the abuser. A perpetrator does not have to be an adult to harm a child. They can have any relationship to the child including an older sibling or playmate, family member, a teacher, a coach or instructor, a caretaker, or the parent of another child.

Meanwhile, the Post article said the teacher had reportedly been given the title of the school’s teacher of the year in 2017.


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