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O.C. teacher sent sexual text messages to student, police say

February 29, 2012 |  2:21 pm

A Santa Ana high school dance teacher accused of sending sexually suggestive text messages and having inappropriate conversations with a 15-year-old female student was arrested Wednesday.

Santa Ana police arrested John Juul Nielson, a dance instructor at Orange County High School of the Arts, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office.

Nielson, 53, of Cerritos, is being charged with one misdemeanor count of annoying a child under 18. He is being held on $15,000 bail and will be arraigned at a later date at Central Jail in Santa Ana.

Nielson is accused of sending sexual text messages to the student from Oct. 15 to Jan. 11, according to the D.A.'s office. He is believed to have asked the student for an "exclusive" dating relationship.

School officials alerted Santa Ana police of what seemed to be a suspicious relationship between the teacher and student, officials said.

Nielson faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail as well as lifetime registration as a sex offender. Nielson's arrest is one in a slew of arrests of Southern California schoolteachers and employees in recent weeks.

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-- Hailey Branson-Potts

Twitter.com/haileybranson

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