Former Orange County Teachers Sentenced in High School Camping Trip Sex Case

NEWPORT BEACH – On Friday, two former Covina-Valley Unified School District teachers were sentenced following a cocaine and alcohol fueled beach camping trip made national headlines last year. Michelle Suzanne Lippert, 38, organized a camping trip to San Clemente State Beach from December 27, 2014 to December 29, 2014, that was not approved by the district. Michelle Louise Ghirelli, 30, also a teacher, attended the trip, along with five students. According to prosecutors, during the trip Ghirelli illegally distributed alcohol, marijuana and cocaine to the students. Lippert pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse and was sentenced to three years probation and three months in jail, which would be dismissed upon completion of 15 days of work with CalTrans. Ghirelli pleaded guilty to one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse and one felony count of furnishing a controlled substance. She was sentenced three years probation and 180 days in jail, which would be dismissed upon 180 days completion of a lock down rehabilitation program. Both have had their teaching credentials revoked for life. News sources: