Tina Pourani, a 23-year-old California woman, was arrested on Thursday, June 14, on charges of having unlawful sex with a minor. Pourani and her friend, 24-year-old Talia Sisco, were both arrested.
According to detectives, the two women used social media to initiate contact with three boys all between the ages of 15 and 16. Talia was a student teacher and Sisco was a teacher at Bernal Middle School in San Jose. She was charged with counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and oral copulation of a minor.
Sisco is being held without bail while Pourani has been released pending further investigation after paying $60,000 bail. She is being charged with multiple counts each of oral copulation of a minor and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and arranging a meeting with a minor to commit a sex offense.
During the investigation, suspect Talia Sisco was a student-teacher at Bernal Intermediate School
“None of the victims at this point appear to have come from the middle school,” said Sheriff Laurie Smith. “They were high school boys that were the victims that we identified.”
Once the school was notified, Sisco was removed as a student teacher.
Investigators fear there could be more victims.
“We believe there’s a fourth victim that we have evidence of but we haven’t identified,” Smith said. “We’re still looking for additional people that may have been affiliated with these women.”
The women could face additional charges if more victims come forward. Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office.
Police are asking anyone with information about the case to contact the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit at 408-808-4500 or the Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services anonymous tip line at (408) 808-4431.
Pourani is just the latest school official to be charged for an alleged relationship with a teenager student. Over the course of just a few months, educators across the country were arrested for entering into an inappropriate relationship with their students, Tennessee teacher Janet Smothers, LaToya Parker, Florida teacher Caroline Lawson, 26-year-old Allyson Moran and Katherine Ross Ridenhour were all arrested on similar charges.
The list goes on to include 22-year-old Oklahoma science teacher Hunter Day, 28-year-old teacher Megan Kotarski, 23-year-old history teacher Michelle Schiffer, 29-year-old Alyssia Marie Reddy, special education teacher Jordan Ondish and 28-year-old Samantha Fitzpatrick have all been allegedly carrying on inappropriate relationships with their students.
In addition, 31-year-old Nicole Marie Andrews, 32-year-old Jessica Langford, 29-year-old Andrea Baber, 27-year-old Robin Dunlap, 27-year-old Jennifer Olajire-Aro have also been charged with these charges.
34-year-old Miranda Nicole Pauley was charged with similar crimes, Nancy Leigh Ann Brann, a former Christian school teacher, was arrested for having sex with a student, Coine Audiat pleaded no contest to having sex with a minor in 2016 and 23-year-old Darci Lake was arrested for an inappropriate relationship. 27-year-old Brittany Zamora from Arizona was arrested on similar charges. Keri Hoffman, 35, was also arrested for an alleged relationship with a student. More recently, 29-year-old Tiffany Ranweiler-Oblander and 33-year-old Maren Oates were arrested on similar charges.