A Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services investigation of alleged lewd acts upon a 14-year-old girl resulted in the arrest of a Santa Monica High School band teacher Friday, August 6th.
Family Services notified the Santa Monica Police Department in July of the investigation. The lewd acts allegedly occurred Tuesday, July 6th.
Santa Monica police detectives conducted their own investigation and arrested Carl Stephen Hammer, 37. He has been employed by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District for nine years, is married, has children and lives in Santa Monica.
After receiving a warrant for his arrest, Hammer turned himself in at the Santa Monica Police Station Friday, August 6th.
He was charged with two felony counts of committing a lewd act upon a child and released from jail after posting a $40,000 bail. His next court appearance is Friday, October 8th.
Hammer’s teachers union contract with the school district allows him to be placed on paid leave until the investigation is completed and resolved.
Police officials do not know if the alleged victim is a student in the school district or in Hammer’s band class.
Santa Monica police are asking anyone with information to call Santa Monica Detective Leslie Trapnell, Youth Services Division, at (310) 458-2256.
People can also call Santa Monica Sgt. Mohamed Marhaba at (310) 458-8457, at the watch commander’s office, (310) 458-8426 or anonymously, (800) 782-7463.