Tulare Co teacher accused of sex assault 10 years ago

Monday, March 26, 2012

A sixth grade teacher and athletics director in Tulare County will face a judge Tuesday on charges of sexually abusing a minor. Reedley Police say the incident happened ten years ago.

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The victim is now a teenager and claims 41-year-old David Blancas was the student's teacher when the abuse occurred. Blancas works for the Monson Sultana School District and is on paid leave. Students went home with letters for their parents -- although the abuse did not happen at the school.

"This is a safe place for their kids to come, we are taking steps," said Superintendent, Roy Woods. "He has been arrested, he is not here and does not pose a threat to anybody."

The school district is launching its own investigation. If convicted, Blancas will likely have to register as a sex offender.

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