PALMDALE — Arraignment for a Knight High School teacher accused of a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female student has been postponed to April 7, Los Angeles County District Attorney officials said.
Anthony Mahari Faaborg, 53, was scheduled to enter a plea on Wednesday on charges stemming from the alleged relationship. He remains in jail in lieu of $975,000 bail.
He could face a potential maximum prison term of 14 years if convicted of five counts each of committing a lewd act on a child 14 or 15 years old and sexual penetration of a person under 16, four counts of oral copulation of a person under 16 and three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
The crimes allegedly occurred during or between October and December, according to Deputy District Attorney Alexander Lara.
Faaborg was arrested Feb. 19 at his home in Palmdale following an investigation by detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.
Antelope Valley Union High School District officials confirmed Faaborg was an ROTC instructor at Knight High School beginning in January 2016. Faaborg was at only Knight High during his time with the District.
“Immediately upon becoming aware of an alleged inappropriate relationship between an employee and student, the District reported the information to law enforcement, and in accordance with District policies and procedures, placed the employee on administrative leave,” District officials said. “The school and district administration have and will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement’s investigation into this matter. We realize the allegations and recent arrest may raise questions and concerns. While this is a confidential employee matter, and we are limited in our response, we want to reiterate our unwavering commitment to our students and their safety.”
A LinkedIn profile for Tony Faaborg identified him as an Air Force Junior ROTC instructor, “teaching character development, leadership, diversity and group dynamics.”
“I am set the example, showing high school students the importance of character and discipline in their lives,” the profile’s “about” description said. “I am adept at translating technical issues so that anyone can understand, from complicated engineering situations to group dynamics and team-building, to elementary math!”