The Palo Alto High School science teacher accused of sex crimes against a 15-year-old student may not contact her, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge ruled on Monday, Aug. 15.
Ronnie Farrell, 46, was arraigned in the Palo Alto Courthouse for nine sex crimes stemming from two incidents involving the female student. He did not enter a plea but is scheduled to do so on Sept. 21.
Judge Aaron Persky did sign a non-contact order sought by prosecutors barring Farrell from any contact with the student. Persky, the judge who presided over the controversial sentencing of former Stanford University student-athlete Brock Turner convicted of sexual assault, is currently facing a recall effort for his decision in the Turner case.
Farrell, who taught biology and chemistry at Paly, faces six counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor and three counts of sexual battery for the incidents, which occurred in early June on school grounds, prosecutor Steven Dal Porto said after the arrest. Palo Alto police arrested Farrell on June 15 for allegedly inappropriately touching the student in his classroom.
Superintendent Max McGee said after the arrest that the district has not received any previous complaints about Farrell nor any indication that Farrell engaged in this kind of behavior.