Palmdale teacher Anthony Mahari Faaborg pleads no contest to sex with student

A former teacher at a high school in Palmdale is facing seven years and four months in state prison in connection with his no contest plea to unlawful sexual intercourse with a student.

Anthony Mahari Faaborg, now 54, pleaded no contest on June 30 to three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and one count each of oral copulation of a minor under 16 and lewd or lascivious act with a minor 14 or 15, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Faaborg had inappropriate sexual conduct with a 15-year-old female student in 2019 while he was a teacher at Pete Knight High School, according to prosecutors.

Faaborg was arrested in February 2020 at his home in Palmdale and originally charged with 17 felony counts. In connection with his five-count plea arrangement, Faaborg will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The sexual abuse was brought to light after the victim made multiple calls to a suicide hotline in January of 2020, prompting law enforcement to visit the victim’s home. During the subsequent law enforcement investigation, Faaborg was removed from the school and then arrested at his home in February of 2020.

Any other victims of Anthony Mahari Faaborg or anyone with information on the case should contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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