Local Teacher Accused of Trying to Seduce a Student

A Palm Springs teacher has been booked into the jail in Banning. He is accused of sending harmful texts to a teen.

A Palm Springs High School teacher suspected of trying to seduce one of his students using text messages was freed on bail today.

Indio resident Ronald Bishop, 40, was arrested about 3:15 p.m. Thursday in a school parking lot at 2401 E. Baristo Road. Police received a report Monday about a "child annoyance" involving a 15-year-old boy, and learned the suspect was one of the boy's teachers at the school, Palm Springs police Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said.

"(Police) learned that Bishop was suspected of communicating via text messaging with the 15-year-old victim over a period of nearly two months," Kovaleff said. "The text messaging included harmful matter that Bishop is suspected of sending in an attempt to seduce the minor."

Bishop was arrested on suspicion of contact or communication with a minor to commit an offense and child annoyance. He was booked at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning and was released today on a $150,000 bond. He was expected to be arraigned March 15 at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, according to jail records.

Kovaleff said detectives served search warrants at Bishop's residence, vehicle and cell phone.

Palm Springs Unified School District spokeswoman Joan Boiko said Bishop was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, and said she couldn't elaborate further because it was a personnel matter. She said Bishop had taught language arts at Palm Springs High since 2006 and at Nellie N. Coffman Middle School in Cathedral City from 2004 to 2006.

Michael Kennedy January 19, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Why is it if a cop screws up, we have to go through hell finding out his identity, but when the rest of us screw up, names and faces are plastered across the press?
april ann January 19, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Cops have their identities revealed all the time when they are arrested. The public demands it. This teacher is a civil servant in many aspects, and his name is plastered quite freely.....as it should be!
Carla January 19, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Well if its true the public should know about it, don't you think?
nobodyuno January 19, 2013 at 05:22 AM
If its true, then absolutely!!!! But what if its not true??? In the eyes of anyone he knows there will always be suspicion.. Any future employment involving children would most likely be over.. Don't get me wrong, if he's guilty he deserves what he's got comming!!! The police and school district have taken measures to prevent him from having contact with kids. He's innocent until proven guilty according to the law and to plaster an innocent (according to law) man's face, name and personal info on the news, newspapers and websites is a violation and should be criminal itself!!! There are innocent people in prison now because the prosecutors and police, assisted by the media and internet, declared them guilty long before they were given their rights to a trial with a jury with a means of defending himself. To slander someone to sell a story, or to sway a potential jury pool is just as despicable as the behavior this person is charged with!!!!
april ann January 19, 2013 at 05:37 AM
We're assuming that the majority of American Citizens know just as you do, that people are innocent until proven guilty according to the Constitution. If you can see beyond the media hype, and assume his innocents, why do you think others can not?
nobodyuno January 19, 2013 at 03:36 PM
My answer is ignorance and hate...
Ern Batavia January 19, 2013 at 06:38 PM
The Palm Springs crowd will continue to insist that they don't "recruit" young boys....
april ann January 20, 2013 at 08:25 PM
I will say this...the Palm Springs Police are pretty effective at their job, and I just can't see them arresting a teacher no less, without some vey good reason. I also can't see a Judge signing search warrants without some very good cause. So, yes, the Teacher is "innocent" until proven guilty. But,the fact that there is enough evidence to arrest him, and search his home, etc. is pretty compelling. As a mother of three young boys, including a 15 year old AND a gay son, I think the police are doing their job, and the media sensationalized stories to stir the pot, and make a living.


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