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San Jose Elementary Teacher Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Child

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35-year-old Craig Chandler, a teacher at O.B. Whaley Elementary School in San Jose, is accused of aggravated sexual assault of a child. (San Jose Police Department)

35-year-old Craig Chandler, a teacher at O.B. Whaley Elementary School in San Jose, is accused of aggravated sexual assault of a child. (San Jose Police Department)

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SAN JOSE (CBS / AP) — Police arrested a San Jose elementary school teacher Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault of a child, police said.

Craig Chandler, 35, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, which allegedly occurred between August 2011 and October 2011.

According to police, Chandler teaches a second and third grade combination class at O.B. Whaley Elementary School, located at 2655 Alvin Ave. Chandler taught at the school for the past nine years.

The victim’s name, age and gender were not released, nor did police say whether the child attended the school. Officials also did not disclose how they learned of the alleged abuse.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

Dan Deguara, director of educational services at the Evergreen School District, said Chandler has been placed on leave.

“We’re working closely with the San Jose Police Department [and] conducting our own investigation,” he said regarding the allegations that came forward.

“Safety continues to be our number one priority,” said Deguara.

Chandler is being held without bail.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call the Police Department’s sexual assaults unit at (408) 537-1395 or the anonymous tip line at (408) 947-STOP (7867).

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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