A Mountain View High School teacher arrested last November for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a student will have to wait a bit longer for his day in court.
Evan Smith, a 15-year veteran math teacher at the school, pleaded not guilty earlier this year to one felony count of knowingly sending a minor harmful material.
His plea hearing was scheduled Monday at the Superior Court of Santa Clara County courthouse in Palo Alto. However, after minutes in front of the judge, Smith’s hearing was continued to 9 a.m. March 28.
The request for a continuation came from the defense, according to the Santa Clara County Office of the District Attorney.
If Smith is eventually convicted, the Mountain View resident could spend anywhere from a year in county jail to more than a year in state prison. He also would be required to register as a sex offender, per the California Penal Code.
Earlier this year, the Town Crier obtained police reports that detailed Smith’s communications with a student. The texts were nonsexual at first, but progessed to a sexual nature. The victim asked Smith to stop, to which he replied, “OK, no worries.”
Despite the victim’s request, Smith continued to text her. At that point, she sought out her school counselor, who contacted the Mountain View Police Department. Smith was arrested Nov. 8.