VALENCIA (CBSLA.com) — A 35-year-old Panorama City man is under arrest for alleged inappropriate conduct with a student.
Authorities said they first began investigating Carl Astrera last month.READ MORE: Some Homeowners Say They're Victims Of Eviction Moratorium Rules As LA County Considers Extension
Astrera is a teacher at the Legacy Christian Academy School located in the 27600 block of Dickason Drive in Valencia.
Officials said Astrera was arrested following a nearly month-long investigation.They said the alleged inappropriate conduct lasted a year-and-a-half.
The suspect is charged with one felony count of annoying/molesting a child. He was booked today at the Santa Clarity Valley Sheriff’s Station. Astrera is out after posting a $20,000 bail.READ MORE: Airlines, Aviation Unions Call For Harsher Penalties For Unruly Passengers
Detectives believe there may be additional victims. The suspect has been employed at the school for several years. The school’s website lists Astrera as a Computer/IT teacher for grades K-8th.
Officials told KCAL9’s Andrea Fujii the alleged victim is an 11-year-old male student.
“The victim disclosed that the teacher would say inappropriate things to him and touch him in a manner that made him uncomfortable,” said LA County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Hudson.MORE NEWS: Hermosa Beach Officials Cracking Down On Unruly Parties, Public Intoxication, Underage Drinking This July 4 Holiday
Anyone with information about this or any other incident is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273.