- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Two Southern California teachers have pleaded not guilty to having sex with students and providing them with alcohol and drugs during a weekend beach trip.

Thirty-eight-year-old Melody Lippert and 30-year-old Michelle Ghirelli entered pleas Wednesday in Orange County to felony sex and drug charges. Each could receive more than a decade in state prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say Lippert organized an overnight camping trip to San Clemente State Beach in late December and played matchmaker for Ghirelli, who’s charged with having sex with a 17-year-old boy.

The women resigned last week from the Covina-Valley Unified School District.

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