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Teacher-coach arrested on suspicion of sending nude pictures to girl

April 6, 2012 |  2:34 pm

OC High School Teacher -  WitterAn English teacher and coach at a private high school in Irvine has been arrested on suspicion of sending explicit photos of himself to a female student at the school, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said.

Dominic Witter, 25, a teacher at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sending nude photos of himself to an underage girl and soliciting sexually explicit photos from her, according to the federal agency.

Witter, a Laguna Niguel resident, was taken into custody when he arrived at a pizza restaurant expecting to meet the girl, but instead was greeted by authorities from federal and local agencies.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency arrested him as part of a child exploitation task force. Agency spokeswoman Virginia Kice said they received a “very specific lead” in the case, but added, “we think there are potentially other victims.”

ICE officials said the victim was a 15-year-old girl who attends the school. The case is being referred to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, and Witter is expected to be arraigned early next week. He was being held on $100,000 bail but had not yet been charged.

The arrest is the latest in a series of cases involving teachers across Southern California in connection with explicit activities with students.

ICE special agent Joe O'Donnell said the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force has made about 15 arrests within the last six to eight months alone.  

"Anytime you have someone who is in a trusted adult position that has access to multiple kids, it's of great concern to us," he said. 

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 --Matt Stevens

Twitter.com/mattstevenslat

Photo: Dominic Witter, 25, of Laguna Niguel. Credit: Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

Any time you have someone who is in a trusted adult position that has access to multiple kids its of great concern to us.

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