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A 29-year-old Cerritos resident who recently worked as a substitute teacher at Los Coyotes Middle School in La Mirada -- and apparently has also worked for the -- was arrested today on suspicion of touching a female student inappropriately in a classroom.
The mother of the student at Los Coyotes Middle School told deputies at the Norwalk Sheriff's Station last Thursday that Ted Nishihara had touched her daughter in a sexual manner during class, said Deputy Mark Pope.
Detectives from the sheriff's Special Victims Bureau interviewed students, staff members and others on the morning of March 12, then questioned Nishihara at his Cerritos home on Aclare Street, where he was arrested.
He was booked at the about 3:30 p.m. Monday and bail has been set at $200,000, Pope said.
Nishihara's Online Resume States He Has Worked as a Sub for ABC Unified School District Since 2009
According to his resume on LinkedIn, Nishihara was a student at Cal State Long Beach from 2001 to 2006, after which he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology. He then spent 10 months working as an academic tutor for SCORE! Educational Centers between September 2008-June 2009, tutoring children from Kindergarten through 8th grade in various subjects.
His resume states that he currently works as a substitute teacher for the Norwalk - La Mirada Unified School District, where he has been since October 2006. He is also listed as having worked as a teaching sub for the ABC Unified School District since April 2009. It is unclear what schools he may have filled in at within the ABCUSD over the past few years.
Investigators are looking for witnesses and additional victims. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's Special Victims Bureau at 1-877-710-5273.