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Danny Lee CeiplisArticle from Statesman Journal

A former Salem-Keizer teacher is in jail for violating a release agreement on child sex abuse charges by attending a Thanksgiving dinner with children, according to officials.

Danny Lee Ceiplis, former computer education teacher at Houck Middle School, is facing six counts of using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct.

From about October 5, 2004 to October 4, 2010, he is believed to have lured a child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for a person to observe, according to a Marion County Circuit Court information statement. The victim is known to Ceiplis.

The computer teacher, 54, resigned from his position at Houck Middle School on June 30 of this year. Within a couple weeks of his resignation, Ceiplis was arrested by Keizer Police Department and charged on July 14 in Marion County Circuit Court.

Ceiplis was offered a release agreement in August on the condition of having no contact with the male victim or any minors. He was arrested December 16 for violating his release agreement by attending a Thanksgiving dinner where three children were present – ages 5, 8 and 11 years old, according to a Marion County Probable Cause statement.

Ceiplis was two years into his stint as a computer skills teacher at Salem Academy Christian Schools when the abuse is believed to have begun against the male victim in 2004.

He taught elementary computer skills to children in Kindergarten through grade 5, middle school and high school digital photography, web design and video production, according to Ceiplis’ personal LinkedIn account.

Ceiplis taught computer skills at Salem Academy for 13 years before ending his time in August of 2015.

While at Salem Academy, he volunteered as a filmmaker for S.K.I.T. Youth Theatre, or Salem-Keizer Inspirational Teen Theatre, a two-part theater arts training program. He filmed and edited all of the theater’s productions in January of 2013.

On September 3, 2015, he started his role as a computer education teacher at Houck Middle School, according to Karma Krause, special projects facilitator from Community Relations & Communications at Salem-Keizer Public Schools.

In his position, Ceiplis was an iPad and computer application teacher who taught video production skills, according to his LinkedIn account. His account states he worked with students to produce weekly announcements and taught film and editing skills.

Ceiplis’ resignation was announced by superintendent Christy Perry at a Salem-Keizer School Board meeting on August 9 of this year.

Krause said schools do not typically notify parents of staff resignations.

Ceiplis has an active Initial II Teaching license that expires on May 21, 2017, according to the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission.

According to the Standards for Competent and Ethical Performance of Oregon Educators, the commission may revoke a teacher’s license following a conviction for various crimes, including using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct.

Using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct is a Measure 11 crime that carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 70 months in prison.

Ceiplis is in Marion County Jail on $500,000 bail. He is scheduled for a status check on January 10 at 1 p.m. with Judge Claudia Burton.

If you or someone you care about was sexually abused and you would like advice from an attorney about the rights and options for victims of child sexual abuse, please contact Crew Janci LLP today for a free, confidential consultation at 1-888-407-0224 or by using our private online form.  We will treat you with discretion and respect.

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Andria Seo

Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York