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James Seishin Pinckard, 56, of Murrieta, allegedly has been carrying on a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old former student of his from Day Middle School in Temecula.

A 56-year-old Murrieta man who teaches at a Temecula middle school is suspected of having on ongoing sexual relationship with a former student, police said today.

Murrieta police officers were responding to a burglary alarm at 8:54 p.m. Tuesday at 41771 Corporate Center Court in Murrieta when police Sgt. Phil Gomez said they saw an occupied van parked behind the business.

Inside the van was James Seishin Pinckard, 56 of Murrieta, Gomez said. Officers also located a 17-year-old female allegedly hiding in the rear of the van, he said.

"Investigation revealed Pinckard and the juvenile female have been involved in an ongoing sexual relationship for over one year," Gomez said.

Pinckard is a teacher at James L. Day Middle School in Temecula, and officers determined that the girl was a former student of his, Gomez said.

Pinckard was arrested and later booked at Southwest Detention Center on suspicion of multiple counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and oral copulation of a minor, Gomez said.

Upon learning of his arrest, the Temecula Valley Unified School District placed Pinckard on paid administrative leave.

"Then when and if charges are brought, he would be placed on unpaid leave," said Melanie Norton, spokesperson for the district. "That is usually the process."

Norton said Pinckard's employment with the district dates back to 1993. He left in 2000 and then returned in 2007, she said.

He was currently a math teacher at the middle school.

"It is always unsettling when something like this happens," Norton said, adding that the district does extensive background checks that include state- and nationwide fingerprinting through the Department of Justice.

Pinckard showed no prior record in the Riverside County Superior Court system.

Jail records show Pinckard was released Wednesday on $5,000 bail.

He was ordered back to court Jan. 3, though charges have yet to be filed.

The investigation was ongoing; anyone with information was asked to call Detective John Nelson at 951-461-6383 or Detective Danny Martin at 951-461-6340.

Information can also be provided anonymously through “We Tip” at 1-800-78-CRIME. 

Random Person November 11, 2011 at 12:48 AM
@ Julia Brander - He was my favorite, too! Not anymore. I think that is why we are having the sub., Knight, a bunch. I still can't believe he would do such a thing! :[
Kendra Gamez November 11, 2011 at 12:58 AM
This is disgusting ! I cant believe i went to school with this pedophile! What sick girl would do that she is also to blame. I hope he gets what he deserves.
austin November 11, 2011 at 01:09 AM
I just said hi to him the other day he gets what he diserves what made the alarm go off it was god telling him to stop and your going to ruin your whole life and he did
Cat November 11, 2011 at 02:22 AM
Stfu!!! Mr p will always be my favorite teacher!! He was such a good teacher! It's not just his fault the girl was part of it..... I'm sure that your daughter didn't turn in her homework UHHH HELLO! Just cuz he lied about this doesn't mean he would just email you and freaking say she didn't do her homework! Seriously everyone has a teacher they don't like beacuse their "always" getting picked on by the teacher!!! And lady umm theirs such thing AS CROSSING THEIR FINGERS! Stupid lady!!!!! Get with the program!!!
austin November 11, 2011 at 03:34 AM
I wish i never knew him he went to my friends house last year cause she was in trouble even some guys houses i dont like our school anymore
austin November 11, 2011 at 03:35 AM
Hope you read this DR.PINKARD!!!!! I LIKED YOU AS A TEACHER!!!!!!!!!!
Samantha November 11, 2011 at 04:42 AM
Probably because this is America, innocent until PROVEN guilty. Read the title again 'Accused'....is the key word.
Samantha November 11, 2011 at 04:48 AM
Yeah, I'm sure she was turning in all her work and he was just lying about it and giving her and her friends a hard time because they weren't his type. I'm sure her friends would never lie for her or take her side either.**rolls eyes** The apple doesn't usually fall far from the tree, and that probably explains her grade.
blanca November 11, 2011 at 07:51 AM
My son attended Margarita Middle School in 1997 and mr Pinkard was his Math teacher. He was a bad teacher that instead of helping him would choke him and push him against the wall and when my son told me what he was doing I went to the principal and superintendent as well as the school board to ask for their help especially when I also found out that he was doing the same thing to other students. During the meeting I requested to face Mr. Pinkard flew off the handle slamming the desk so hard showing he had a temper problem. We had to move to Orange County because he turned the whole class against my son. It affected him in so many ways that a teacher would be the school bully. I had heard that he was fired a year later from margarita and was happy to hear he wasn't teaching anymore. I can't believe the school would hire him again after all that and here he is now being accussed of having sex with one of his students. All this could have been prevented. Shame in TVUSD for rehiring a bad teacher and for continuing to accept and approve this behavior by continuing to pay him. STUPID RED TAPE! When are we going to say enough?
Anonymous Poster November 11, 2011 at 12:22 PM
My daughter was a student of his. She, too, complained of him showing favoritism to the prettiest girls in class, rubbing her friends back, "hitting on" the friend and making sexually charged comments to or about them. She referred to him as creepy and called him a pervert. She also complained of him lying about her having not turned in assignments. When I called her counselor I was told my daughter was the prolem; that after consulting with the teacher they learned she was lying and spreading rumors about him. Directly after, I started receiving regular phone calls from him claiming behavioral problems in class and no homework turned in. I, too, believed the teacher over my daughter and gave her a hard time about issues in his class. In hindsight, I wonder if he did something to the friend as that school year she went from a bubbly, happy pre-teen to a withdrawn, fearful girl afraid to go to school, having panic attacks which became severe enough her parents eventually had to put her on home school. Given pur experience, and in reading other posts, I won't be at all surprised if more victims are discovered.
Anonymous Poster November 11, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Agreed. She is a victim. At 16, which is when they claim the relationship started, she is still vulnerable, naieve, and a MINOR nonetheless. The only name to be smeared and plastered is his.
Anonymous Poster November 11, 2011 at 12:26 PM
And I dont believe that the relationship started at 16. There was grooming certainly going on much earlier in the game.
THE REAL Anita Drink November 11, 2011 at 03:06 PM
blanca, you are a fool. You claim he would CHOKE and push your son against the wall and your pea brain couldn't figure out to call the police? You also 'knew' he choked and pushed other students as well, yet you decided to have the principal and superintendent take care of it. Sounds kinda vaguely similar to another current top news story.
austin November 11, 2011 at 03:22 PM
i was his student last year but he liked me then he hated me he has so many problems.
Cat November 11, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Your stupid mr pinkcards thing for homework was percent and signiture if you didn't have that for more then about 3 times it was a phone call home!!! And I don't think he "choked" you freaking kid!! Girls flirted with him just in case you didn't know that damn! You only say these things cuz YOU weren't his student!
Chloe Cote November 11, 2011 at 11:53 PM
I had Dr.Pinckard for 2nd period & 5th period last year..& he was the nicest & the most coolest teacher ever... He was definitively my favorite teacher & all my other friends favorite teacher. I was SO shocked when I saw this..Your have no idea & it brought me to tears.. Dr. Pinckard would be the last person to do this..But I guess he should of thought twice about this one.
Arnold D. Moss November 12, 2011 at 07:36 PM
I'm a parent of two Day students and I'm pissed that the school didn't notify me of his arrest.
Kassie Barrientos November 13, 2011 at 05:31 AM
i have Dr Pinckard right now... well i did before he got arrested and he was my favorite math teacher on thursday after i found out he got arrested i almost cried:( i agree he shoudnt have done this but what can i say everyone is imperfect in someway and i guess this is his way. Im not gonna say i hate him for doing this because he was my favorite techer but i am MAD at him!!!!! he will always have a special place in my heart. i agree he was a really awesome math teacher he helped me understand math and i annoyed him ALOT. HE WILL ALWAYS BE A AWESOME MATH TEACHER!!!!!!
Mr. Logical November 13, 2011 at 06:48 AM
So, what I hear everyone saying is, He was a great Math teacher but likes having sex with young girls. He will have time to sharpen up on his Math skills in jail. A really sad story all the way around.
Alexa Willis November 14, 2011 at 03:20 PM
He doesn't need to "sharpen up on his math skills" we have aready established that he is an amazing math teacher. What he does need to "sharpen up on" however, are his life skills, which is what jail is actually for. Dont try to be sarcastic and funny if youre not even going to make sense "Mr.Logical".smh.
Julie November 14, 2011 at 10:34 PM
Wow this is soooooo sad and sick....My daughter had him for her math teacher and also became his teachers aide. Her and her friends would always talk how awesome Mr. P was this is soooo sad that he could do something like this...Another thing is I thought it was really nice when he put my daughter on his facebook as a friend, but now I see he had sick thoughts to have these young girls on his facebook..As for the young girl she is a VICTIM of this mans horrible sick perverted mind He needs to get serious help and be kept away from young girls at all times...I pray the girl will also get some counseling to help her know that she isnt to blame,it was him and his sick perverted mind...I pray that she will find peace and true happiness and will be able to put this disgusting man where he belongs in JAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kyle November 17, 2011 at 02:54 AM
Kyle November 17, 2011 at 04:41 AM
This is so sad to hear. I would really like to think that he could not do something like this. Mr. Pinckard was my teacher back in 1996/7 and he really stands out as a educator and a person. He went out of his way to help students any time that he could including myself even after school. His teaching style was unbelievably effective and his dedication was above I would expect from any teacher. When i was injured and unable to attend school, he picked up my assignments from my other teachers and hand delivered them to my parents so that I would not fall behind. None of this of course is an excuse for the act he is being accused of. I could only hope that somehow it is not true. What a bummer to loose such an amazing teacher this way. If there is truth in this; then good luck with the days to come, I hope you are able to change you ways "Superman", I will be praying for you.
Ruelle Alidio November 18, 2011 at 11:35 AM
You guys are all dumb asses the girl didnt say anything when they were having sex therefore its not the teachers fault its the fucking girls fault for not saying anything even though she should have so its not raip, molest, or anything all you people need to think harder about the situation not just that one person
Naomi November 20, 2011 at 01:56 AM
I had Mr. Pinkcard in 2008/2009. He was a great math teacher and one of the only reasons why I passed math. But then again, he did creep me out in the begining of the year when he said, "If you're failing my class, I'll just have to go your house to talk about it." I told my mom about that, then I kinda let it slide. But towards the middle and end of the school year, I noticed he did treat girls more kindly then the guy in the class. He also had more girl tutorers than guys. This is just what I saw. I somewhat saw this coming...
Christina February 07, 2012 at 09:06 PM
You all amuse me. She isn't a victim. I knew exactly what I was doing at 16. You start learning right from wrong before you even attend school. She is just as guilty as he is. And it says that she's 17 which where I come from is legal as an adult. You people are morons if you think she's a victim. There is tons of things she could have done to get him put away if she was a "Victim" Anyone calls RAPE and the police are all over it. It was consensual. <.< why don't you all get back to your romance novels and stay off the interwebz.
Angel Sanchez March 08, 2012 at 12:41 AM
This guy butt ramm her
Angel Sanchez March 08, 2012 at 12:43 AM
He was my math teacher in menifee middle he was always trying to touch me :(
ilexi freeman August 01, 2012 at 08:53 PM
he was my math teacher at james l day and the girl he was with is my age now. i used to stay after school to get tutoring by myself with him. he did oogle but i didn't think anything of it being in the 7th grade. my step moms little brother was a student of his when this happened and thats how i heard. i hope the girl and her family are ok. who knows, mabea she's one of my friends and i don't even know.
freddy sanchez January 12, 2013 at 01:28 AM
He was my favorite math teacher what was he thinking


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