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Local Elementary Teacher Arrested for Inappropriate Touching

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The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said on Thursday that a local elementary school teacher was arrested for inappropriately touching female students.<br /><br />The Sheriff’s Office said 39-year old Victor Osvaldo Gomez, who was a teacher at American Union Elementary School, was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation into allegations he made inappropriate comments to six female students. American Union Elementary is located near Easton.<br /><br />The Sheriff’s Office said the six female students were about 13-years old and in the 8th grade. The Washington Unified School District said Gomez is on administrative leave. Cecilia Barraza is a Fresno mother of two young children. One of her kids is in elementary school in the city.<br /><br />She sounded off on the situation. &quot;It annoys me, it angers me to think that somebody can do them to harm them in that way,&quot; said Barraza about accusations about Gomez.<br /><br />Barraza said she is disturbed and saddened. She said, &quot;You trust them, they’re like a second set of parents because they’re there half of the day.&quot;<br /><br />The Sheriff’s Office said it first heard about allegations against gomez last April. They said Gomez made inappropriate comments to the girls and touched various parts of their body, on the outside of their clothing.<br /><br />Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said, &quot;I want to make a comment and commend these young girls for having the courage to step forward and report the activity of an adult who should have been trusted with their safe keeping.&quot;<br /><br />Mims said the acts took place from August 2013 to March 2014.<br /><br />&quot;But the victims did not report the behavior until April,&quot; said Mims.<br /><br />Mims said she hopes the public will see Gomez’s photo, and if there are any other victims, they will come forward.<br /><br />The school district could not answer questions on Thursday, but did release a statement in which they said in part: &quot;The District is committed to the safety and well-being of all of our students.&quot; The Sheriff’s Office said Gomez has posted his $180,000 bail. He’s expected to be in court on January 21.</div>

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