No charges filed against a second-grade teacher for allegedly teaching under the influence of alcohol
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No charges filed against a second-grade teacher for allegedly teaching under the influence of alcohol

Prosecutors announced Monday that a 57-year-old second-grade teacher arrested after allegedly teaching classes while under the influence of alcohol will not be prosecuted.

Wendy Munson, 57, was arrested Oct. 2 after Sutter County sheriff’s deputies received a report of a staff member who appeared to be intoxicated at Nuestro Elementary School in Live Oak.

Despite the arrest, prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to prove a crime had occurred.

“While the District Attorney’s Office agrees that teaching while intoxicated is highly inappropriate, unfortunately it is not illegal,” the statement said.

Deputies arrived on scene and found Munson in the middle of class, allegedly showing signs of being intoxicated.

In a news release issued at the time of the arrest, deputies said video footage showed Munson driving to school and then failing a field sobriety test.

She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and endangering a child.

Munson did not respond to a request for comment.

On Monday, the district attorney’s office announced that no charges would be filed against Munson after a lengthy investigation failed to meet the legal requirements of the charges.

In a statement, prosecutors said investigators were unable to prove Munson drove to work under the influence of alcohol or that she began drinking in elementary school.

Sutter County District. Atty. Jennifer Dupré did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Officials also said prosecutors were unable to meet the legal requirements for a child endangerment charge “because there was no specific information indicating that the children in Munson’s class were in a position where their person or health was at risk.”

“The mere potential that may exist in a given situation is insufficient to meet the requirements of the law,” the statement reads.

Munson’s employment status with the Nuestro Elementary School District was unclear.

She was not listed as a teacher on the district’s website.

Schools Nuestro Supt. Bal Dhillon did not immediately respond to a request for comment or questions about Munson’s employment status.