RANCHO CUCAMONGA – A former Sunday school teacher from Ontario will serve a year in jail after pleading no contest to committing a lewd act on a 12-year-old girl in his class.John Calvin Savage, 45, struck a plea bargain with prosecutors on Thursday morning in West Valley Superior Court, Deputy District Attorney Jason Anderson said.
In addition to his jail term, Savage, a married father of six, will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, Anderson said.
The girl who accused Savage of touching her in 2003 was a student in his Sunday school class at Grace Baptist Church in Corona.
The girl told police that she would visit Savage’s home in Ontario to perform chores. Savage would touch her inappropriately as she rode in his car on the way to his house, and he would continue touching her at his house, prosecutors said.
Savage, who has been free on bail, is expected to surrender to authorities to complete his jail term when he returns to court on Sept. 30 for sentencing.
If Savage had taken his case to trial and lost, he would have likely been sentenced to about three years in state prison, Anderson said.
Savage is also suspected of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old female Chinese exchange student who lived at his home.
As part of Thursday’s plea bargain, prosecutors agreed to not pursue charges in connection to the exchange student.
Savage will be placed on probation for three years, commencing on his sentencing date, Anderson said.
As part of his terms of probation, Savage will be prohibited from having contact with minors, with an exception made for his own children. He will also likely be required to seek treatment for his sex crime conviction, Anderson said.
It’s unlikely that Savage will ever work again as a Sunday school teacher, or host a foreign exchange student, Anderson said.
“I don’t think the State Department is going to approve him, given the conviction,” Anderson said.