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Teacher in La Mirada admits to caressing student, sources say

March 13, 2012 |  1:14 pm

Ted NishiharaA substitute teacher arrested on suspicion of molesting a student in his classroom at Los Coyotes Middle School in La Mirada was taken into custody after he admitted caressing the 12-year-old, according to law enforcement sources.

Ted Nishihara, 29, was booked on suspicion of lewd acts with a child after Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives interviewed him Monday. 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 swift arrest, according to the sources.

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 Friday 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 is set at $200,000.

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