Arraignment Set For San Jose Teacher Accused Of Sexual Assault
SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — A San Jose elementary school teacher who was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault of a child is expected to be arraigned on Friday.
Craig Chandler, 35, was arrested at his home in San Jose on Tuesday night on suspicion of several counts of sexual assault involving at least one child in the 7- to 8-year-old age range, according to police.
Prosecutors have not yet filed charges against Chandler, but he is set to be arraigned on Friday afternoon, said Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Lisa McCrary.
He is being held without bail at Santa Clara County Main Jail.
Chandler is suspected of committing the crime against an O. B. Whaley Elementary School student at the campus between August 2011 and October 2011, police said.
Investigators have not released the child’s age or gender.
According to police, Chandler teaches a second and third grade combination class at O.B. Whaley Elementary School, located at 2655 Alvin Ave., and has been teaching at the school for the past nine years.
San Jose police Sgt. Jason Dwyer said there may be additional victims.
The Evergreen School District posted a statement on its website Wednesday stating that Chandler has been placed on leave “in accordance with district protocol.”
“We want to assure the community that the safety and well-being of our children is our primary concern,” the statement read.
Anyone who may have been victimized by Chandler or has information about the case is asked to contact Detective Sean Pierce at (408) 277-4102. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP (7867) or visit http://svcrimestoppers.org/.
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