Bail was reduced from $2 million to $150,000 today for a South Bay elementary school teacher accused of carrying on a four-year sexual relationship with her underage godson, who was also one of her students.
South Bay Judge H. Ronald Domnitz ruled that 33-year-old Carmina Erica Lopez was not a risk to flee the jurisdiction, said Deputy District Attorney Leonard Trinh.
Lopez -- who has a 4-year-old son -- is charged with eight counts of committing a lewd act on a child. She faces 19 years and four months in prison if convicted.
At the defendant's Jan. 30 arraignment, the prosecutor alleged that Lopez put her hand on the boy's private parts in the back of her car and did the same thing in her classroom.
Lopez is also accused of having sexual intercourse with the boy in her home.
The alleged crimes began when the boy was 11 and Lopez was a sixth-grade teacher at Nestor Elementary School in Chula Vista, authorities said.
The defendant had since begun teaching at Sunnyslope Elementary in the Palm City district of San Diego. She has been placed on leave pending resolution of the charges against her.
County Child Protective Services officials told police of the now-15-year-old's allegation that Lopez had repeatedly forced him to have sex with her, starting in 2004 and continuing until last June.
Lopez will be back in court March 30 for a readiness conference and April 6 for a preliminary hearing.
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