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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. 

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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