ALBANY (KCBS) – Albany Middle School sixth grade teacher James Izumizaki, who was arrested last week on suspicion of committing lewd acts with a minor, has passed away.
According to the Albany Unified School District, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death as a possible suicide.READ MORE: COVID Recovery: Reopening Restaurants Facing Industry-Wide Staffing Shortage
“This is an important message from Albany Unified School District with very sensitive information. It is with great sadness that we inform you that according to Albany Police Department, Albany Middle School sixth grade teacher James Izumizaki passed away. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death as a possible suicide. We have no other information at this time. Students have not been informed by our staff. We will inform the students Tuesday, October 2nd when mental health personnel will be available on site,” was the message posted on the district’s website.READ MORE: San Jose Stoners Find Ways To Celebrate 4/20, Pandemic-Style
Albany Unified School District Superintendent Marla Stephenson is scheduled to hold a news conference on Tuesday morning about Izumizaki’s death.
Izumizaki, who had been employed as a teacher and coach at Albany Middle School for several years, was arrested at his home on September 26, on suspicion of performing a lewd act with a child under 14. He had been booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin but was released on $100,000 bail.MORE NEWS: Hope, Skepticism: Oaklanders Share Of Feelings About Guilty Verdict In George Floyd Murder Trial
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