On September 14, 2016, detectives with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Sexual Assault and Abuse Investigations Unit (SAAIU) began investigating allegations of an inappropriate sexual relationship between an instructional aide with the Kern High School District and a student of the district.
The student, a 16-year-old male, was attending a program at Vista West High School and met the instructional aide at the school.
During the investigation, detectives were able to develop information and evidence that the instructional aide, 27-year-old Marci Lynn Kindell, had been involved in at least one sexual encounter with the student.
Lisa Krch, Public Information Officer with the Kern High School District said, "The Kern High School District will work with law enforcement as this case is investigated."
On December 8, 2016, detectives arrested Kindell at her home in Oildale for one count of unlawful sex with a minor. She was booked into the Sheriff’s Office Central Receiving Facility. Her bail has been set at $7,500.