52-year-old Halden Calvert was sentenced Thursday to 60 days in jail and 3 years of formal probation for the charge of misdemeanor child molestation. He must also register as a sex offender and complete sex offender treatment.
The charges came after parents of a 17-year-old student at Chico High School became alarmed that their daughter was having suicidal thoughts. According to a Butte County District Attorney's Office press release, the girl eventually admitted that Calvert had kissed her and touched her inappropriately. Detectives searched Calvert and the girl's cell phones and found 5 thousand text messages between the two in a 90 day period.
The District Attorney's Office says the misdemeanor charge lead to the revocation of Calvert's teaching credential.