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Teacher Arrested for Lewd Acts on Student Has Subbed at "Most of Our Schools" in ABC Unified School District

Cerritos resident, Ted Nishihara, was filling in as a substitute teacher at Willow Elementary in Lakewood on the day of his arrest. He is now facing allegations of lewd acts on a student at Los Coyotes Middle School in La Mirada.

Editor's Note: Click here to read the latest update on this ongoing investigation and court developments.

A 29-year-old Cerritos resident who was on allegations of lewd acts on a female student at Los Coyotes Middle School in La Mirada has worked as a substitute teacher at most of the schools within the , including Willow Elementary where he was filling in prior to his arrest, according to district officials. 

"Ted Nishihara has worked as a substitute in ABCUSD since 2009," Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mary Sieu told Patch. "Since then, he has substituted at most of our schools in the district."

Sieu said the district, which was informed of the allegations against Nishihara just yesterday, has been working with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives.

"His last assignment was at Willow Elementary School (in Lakewood) yesterday," Sieu said. "We released him from employment from the District as of today."

Alleged Inappropriate Contact Occurred Last Thursday

The investigation into the matter began last week when a student at Los Coyotes Middle School told school officials that " ... the substitute had looked at them inappropriately and it made them feel uncomfortable," a Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District official told Fox11 News.

The student claimed that Nishihara was looking at an area of her body, then later brushed up against her in an inappropriate manner, district officials told the station. He was released from his employment with the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District on Friday as a result of the allegations.

"We just act immediately, we don't wait for anything. We immediately stopped the access that the substitute teacher would have," a district official told Fox11 News.

The child's mother also notified deputies at the Norwalk Sheriff's Station that Nishihara had touched her daughter "in a sexual manner during class," prompting an investigation by detectives from the Sheriff's Special Victims Bureau, said Deputy Mark Pope.

Detectives 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.

Nishihara is scheduled to appear in Downey Municipal Court at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14.

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.

Nishihara Has Been Working With Children Since 2008

According to his resume on LinkedIn, Nishihara graduated from Cal State Long Beach in 2006 with a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology. He then worked 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. 

nick March 14, 2012 at 06:51 AM
all lies, maybe he looked at them , but i'm willing to bet that was the extent of it, its not a crime to look.
bella1101 March 14, 2012 at 06:58 AM
A teacher who calls a student names is in need of help and reevaluation of his vocation. Ted should be punished to the fullest extent of the law under child molestation, who knows how many victims are out there..look for red flags parents educate your kids on teacher misconduct, no touching !!even a pad on the back is not ok..I protect my child, let the law do its job.
Matt March 14, 2012 at 02:40 PM
'Nishihara's Twitter feed includes a tweet dated Feb. 22 that says: "most interesting youth retreat ever." ' I'm sorry, but what is the point of reporting on a random twitter post that has nothing to do with the incident? I thought I was reading unbiased news, not a sensationalist tabloid that reads suspicion into every facet of someone's life. Someone who hasn't even been found guilty yet. Whatever happened to "Innocent until proven guilty?" What's next? Are we going to start forming lynch mobs and stoning people? Those of you who have already passed judgement on this dude should be ashamed of yourselves.
cerritos March 14, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Yeah, This was really biased news. Pretty bad journalism. no wonder it is at local level. But even at local level, this is bad. Please report better.
Anonymous March 14, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Guess it's time for teachers to all keep their eyes on the floor, or wear bags over their heads, and babysit at arm's distance like parents are expecting. Shocked and saddened that all it takes is one kid, potentially lying or having details exaggerated by the parent (which, until proven in court, is just as likely as him having actually done something to the student), to ruin a good person's life... one that's been set aside to help children learn. I hate the media for always jumping at ruining someone before ALL the facts are in. Find it fishy that the kid had no problem saying she felt uncomfortable because he was staring at her (I tend to zone out and stare often myself... with no intent behind it)... but then added 'oh yeah, and he touched me' after talking to her parent(s) 'over the weekend'. The saddest thing is, even if he IS found innocent, he will never teach again. A real loss.
Jackie March 14, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Agreed on twitter feed, that's probably not necessary and I emailed the weiter about it and I'm waiting to hear back. Although I will say i saw another newspaper do the same thing. This report has by far been the most detailed and thorough that I've read and I think its important for us parents to know. But all of you idiots who think they just go out and arrest someone on these kinds of accusations without having solid evidence are dense! If they questioned the guy at his home then arresrted him, there had to be some kind of solid proof!! I also read somewhere that other students have complained about him in the past. I for one am glad this guy isnt in the classroom at least until the case is investigated. We need to keep our kids safe! Why are me missing the point here?
Cerritos Parent March 14, 2012 at 06:48 PM
While I do think everyone is guilty until proven innocent, I think its important for parents to know anytime something like this happens. There are way too many reports of teachers crossing the line lately. Doesn't it make you wonder? We need to know who these people are working with our kids and as a parent it gives me peace of mind to know I can trust that my child is safe when in school. The bottom line is, if your going to work with children then you cant do anything that is even slightly misconstrued as being inappropriate. How hard is that to do? Especially given today's times. Kudos to all the media outlets for keeping us informed. As a parent, we should all know what's going on. And if you dont understand that, then you must not have kids yet to understand where I'm coming from.
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Duly noted and addressed. Thank you Matt.
OSHA March 14, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Mr nishihra subbed at my school like five times he's a good person never once has he ever showed any inapropriateness and I seriously hope that he's found innocent because that's what he is innocent I love u mr nishihara
SB March 14, 2012 at 10:40 PM
This sounds like a serious 'rush to judgement' and a bunch of bullshit. I'm all for getting rid of child molesters, however this case as it is described barely meets the very minimal requirements for an arrest. This whole story is based upon an allegation by a child of inappropriate touching, supported by inappropriate looking- both a matter of interpretation and intent. The claim could either be true-but can't be proven in a court, true- but was an accident, not true at all. Most likely never happened and will never be prosecuted, - but a man's career is gone forever and there is one less teacher to educate our children.
SB March 14, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Everybody is guilty until proven innocent?? I've arrested many people on sufficient probable cause only to further investigate and the arrestee is proven innocent or there are not enough facts to substantiate the allegation against them. It happens more often than you think, and this looks like a prime example of that fact.
Anonymous March 15, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Unless you have been in the classroom recently, you really cannot understand how awful and manipulative some kids are. It's funny how a parent can complain that he "verbally abused" their child, and THAT is reported, but there is no mention about what that student did or said to Mr. Nishihara. Some parents will continue to raise disrespectful children, and there has to be consequences for that, especially when they are disrespectful in the classroom. There is no time to stop instruction repeatedly..not with all the testing going on in CA. It's hard to believe, but one kid and her litigious, gold-digging parents just ruined a young man's life.
Anonymous March 15, 2012 at 12:35 AM
exactly. students largely miss out, esp since a teacher may be the only light and warmth in their life.
Anonymous March 15, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Why did he have to "put her down" in the first place? Why do I have the feeling your daughter needed someone to chastise her behavior.
anonomyous March 15, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Mr. Nishihara was a great substitute teacher. As a female high school student he has subbed many of my classes, not once have I felt any of the concerns the middle school child has felt. And not once did I see him make any awkward sexual staring. Even if it is true, people need to stop judging ones character off one photo/article. That is wrong, and some of you dont even know him nor had any classes in which he had substituted. Shame on you adults as well, for saying "this needs to be done" maybe it should be done if something was actually committed.
bella1101 March 15, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Yes, a teacher SHOULD..keep his/her eyes on the board and teach at arms distance and off students..so many cases go unresolved due to parents negligence when a child says there was somehing wrong..Great job ABC school district don't ignore the fact or parents concern like LAUSD..We listen to our children. obviously something was commited and now in custody..that is why these pervs pray on children because people like you shut them down.
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) March 15, 2012 at 03:06 AM
To all those following this matter, the latest update on this case was just published on our site and that can be read here: http://patch.com/A-r8XG
bella1101 March 15, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Wow!! Really?? Released?? Even on a misdemeanor for child molestation?? Let's see on his next court date.
S.Sato March 15, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Ted is a great guy with a big heart. I've known him since he was a kid. The allegation was made by a mother who was not in a class full of students. I've worked with law enforcement and know how the police can interrogate people. Please look at the details and please look at all the dirt digging going on. So many details were taken out of context. It's truly sad that Ted's life has been destroyed by ONE 2nd hand accusation.
Anonymous March 15, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Of course! Because if you were at the arraignment today, you would know that he is NOT a child molester. Get your facts straight before you pass judgment on someone.
KC March 15, 2012 at 05:29 AM
The constructive thing to do would have been to set up a meeting with Mr. Nishihara to hear both sides of the story before jumping to conclusions! Please, I beg you to ask your daughter again for the full story and provide all the details to police/administrators regarding your complaint.
KT March 15, 2012 at 07:26 AM
Amen.
KT March 15, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Sounds like you need to go back to school yourself. If we keep on charging innocent teachers, who will teach you how to spell?
KT March 15, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Of course he's been released. He DID NOT DO ANYTHING.
KT March 15, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Agreed. I am deeply saddened by all that is happened.
RayRay1996 March 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM
He's a good guy you guys trust me. He's subbed me and my class numerous amounts of time and he's just being misunderstood at the moment.. Free TED!!!
anon March 16, 2012 at 12:50 AM
he was obviously innocent all along, but thanks for ruining his reputation and his whole life. now he won't ever be able to teach again, thanks to your very dishonest and exaggerated accusations. i hope you are happy knowing that you have ruined an innocent, great man's life for nothing.
S.Sanez March 22, 2012 at 05:05 AM
HE IS SICK, ANYONE WHO WANTS TO HURT A CHILD. IN SICK AND NEEDS MENTAL HELP! So WHAT if he is NICE, HE IS STILL SICK IN THE HEAD!
Anonymous March 23, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Everyone can judge as they'd like, but I know Nishihara, and I know many people who know him just as well as I do, or even better. The people who've actually taken the time to know Nishihara are almost certain that he is innocent. I believe that Ted IS innocent until proven guilty, and no one, and I mean NO ONE, has the right to say that Ted is 'sick in the head', or that he needs to be locked up, or that he is a creep, because you weren't an eye-witness and you probably haven't even seen him work with minors WITH YOUR OWN EYES. & I've been a middle school student before, and I work with middle school students, and I can tell you from experience that they DO over-exaggerate at times, and this was probably one of those cases. He probably walked past the girl and she overreacted and thought he brushed up against her. It's like accidentally bumping into someone while you're walking, because most of us, if not all of us, have done that before. We don't report to the police when someone bumps into us, right? And if it was really big of a problem for her to think that Nishihara was being sexual with her, then why did she need to wait until she got home, instead of telling a school authority right away? It's something to think about. But thanks to the media for twisting everything, and people who don't know Nishihara, his teaching career is done. Ted, if you ever read this, know your identity & stay strong! We love&miss you!!
The voice March 24, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Anonymous your views are as bias as the ones that are accusing him. Little more because you know him personally. I know if I knew him my words my be a little lienent towards him. I think you should acknowlege that he will probably not teach in the area for a while,

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