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La Mirada teacher arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with teen

A substitute teacher at a La Mirada middle school was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of lewd acts and sending explicit material to a a teenage girl he met on campus.

Taylor Welch, 22, was taken into custody by detectives with the Los Angeles County Special Victims Unit.

Welch was a substitute teacher at Arlee F. Hutchinson Middle School, which is part of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District. He was being held in lieu of $140,000 bail.

According to sources familiar with the investigation, Welch allegedly became friends online with the girl, whom he met at the school. Welch then allegedly began exchanging messages and images with her.

Those images eventually includes naked photographs, the sources said.

School district officials said they were notified Tuesday morning of Welch’s arrest and were cooperating with the investigation at Hutchinson Middle School.

“This substitute teacher has not worked in any other school in the district,” Norwalk-La Mirada Unified  officials said in a statement.

Welch is the second substitute teacher in the school district to be arrested this year. In March, Ted Nishihara was arrested on suspicion of molesting a student in a classroom at Los Coyotes Middle School.

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