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Substitute teacher charged with misdemeanor child molestation

March 14, 2012 |  2:29 pm

Ted NishiharaA substitute teacher was charged with misdemeanor child molesting for caressing a 12-year-old girl at a La Mirada middle school.

Ted Nishihara, 29, of Cerritos is due to be arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Superior Court in Downey.  Authorities said Nishihara was a substitute teacher at Los Coyotes Middle School in La Mirada when the alleged crime occurred.

Nishihara, 29, was booked on suspicion of lewd acts with a child after Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives interviewed him Monday.

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During the interview, Nishihara admitted to caressing the girl in a sexual manner, according to the sources, who could not speak publicly because the case is ongoing.

Nishihara confirmed much of the girl's account, leading to his arrest, the sources said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Scott of the department's Special Victims Unit said the mother of a female student reported to Norwalk sheriff’s station deputies that her daughter told her a male substitute teacher had touched her in a sexual manner.

Detectives went to the school and interviewed students, staff members and others. Investigators then contacted Nishihara at his home. Scott said that after interviewing Nishihara, detectives arrested him on suspicion of lewd acts upon a child. He was booked at the Cerritos sheriff’s station. His bail was initially set at $200,000 but on Wednesday prosecutors said they would seek $20,000 in bail.

Norwalk La Mirada schools Supt. Ruth Perez said the girl initially told school officials that Nishihara stared at her body, and based upon that statement and others by children in the classroom, she ended his substitute contract last week. Nishihara has previously worked at ABC Unified, Garden Grove Unified and Long Beach Unified schools.


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--Richard Winton

Photo: Ted Nishihara. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department