Area teacher pleads not guilty to supplying teens with marijuana
Ian Runciman, a Roseville resident and Rocklin middle school teacher, pleaded not guilty Monday to three felony charges of furnishing marijuana to teens he’d met through his career as math instructor.
The 38-year-old was granted supervised bail as his case moves forward, with the condition that he now has virtually no contact with minors.
Rocklin Unified School District Superintendent Kevin Brown said Runciman has been placed on unpaid administrative leave from his job at Granite Oaks Middle School in Rocklin, and dismissal will be considered based on final conviction.
Today’s arraignment and bail ruling by Placer County Superior Court Judge Eugene S. Gini Jr. means Runciman likely won’t be teaching eight-graders again until his innocence or guilt is determined by the county’s legal system. Placer County Deputy District Attorney Andy Braden argued strongly for tight bail conditions.
“The People are requesting supervised bail that would include no contact with minors and no alcohol or drug consumption,” Braden told the judge. “The case involves allegations that he gave marijuana to juveniles, so any contact with minors at this time is just not appropriate.”
Runciman requested through an attorney to have the supervised bail order amended to allow him to be around minors who are direct family members. Gini agreed to those terms.
“You’re to have no contact with minors other than family members,” Gini told the defendant. “You’re to consume no controlled substances, unless by prescription.”
Runciman will be back in court in early May. His case began March 1 when Rocklin police officers arrested him on allegations that he gave marijuana and alcohol to at least three high school students who came to his Roseville apartment. Rocklin Police Lt. Jamie Knox said after the arrest that it appeared Runciman was staying in touch with former middle school students as they progressed in their high school careers and using that relationship to supply them with marijuana and alcohol.
Runciman declined media interviews as he exited the courthouse.