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Arraignment canceled for "Teacher of the Year" nominee in student molestation case

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - No charges were filed Wednesday as prosecutors continued to review the case against a Chula Vista High School "teacher of the year" nominee accused of carrying on a several-year sexual relationship with an underage student.

Detectives arrested Terrance Lee Smith, 32, at a Sweetwater Union High School District office on Monday morning.

Ten days earlier, the alleged victim reported the purported crimes, saying they had occurred between 2006 and 2008, starting when she was 16, Capt. Gary Wedge said.

Investigators believe that Smith, a ninth-grade English instructor, may have engaged in similar illegal acts with at least one other student, though no additional alleged victims have been identified.

Smith -- held in lieu of $350,000 bail -- was expected to be released from custody as prosecutors determined what, if any, charges to file.

Smith was one of 42 local educators nominated for one of the county's five 2012-13 teacher-of-the-year awards. He was not among the winners, who were named this month.

This is updated information. The previous story is below.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A Chula Vista High School instructor nominated this fall for recognition as one of the county's "teachers of the year" was behind bars Tuesday on suspicion of carrying on a several-year sexual relationship with an underage female student.

Detectives arrested Terrance Lee Smith, 32, at a Sweetwater Union High School District office on Monday morning.

The alleged victim had contacted police earlier in the day to report the purported crimes, alleging they occurred between 2006 and 2008, starting when she was 16, Capt. Gary Wedge said.

Investigators believe that Smith, a ninth-grade English instructor, may have engaged in similar illegal acts with at least one other student, though no additional alleged victims have been identified, the captain said.

The suspect was booked into San Diego Central Jail on 14 counts of sexual contact with a minor. He was being held on $350,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Smith was one of 42 local educators nominated for one of the county's five 2012-13 teacher-of-the-year awards. He was not among the winners, who were named this month.

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