Former Teacher at Los Al High Arrested on Suspicion of Sex with Girl, 15
A former teacher at Los Alamitos High School was arrested Thursday on suspicion of having sex with a 15-year-old girl, authorities say.
Abdel Chehade, a 43-year-old Huntington Beach man, was taken into custody near his home Thursday, according to the Los Alamitos Police Department.
Chehade had been a North Orange County Regional Occupation Program teacher, who had been assigned to the school in late 2012. School officials would not say whether the alleged victim was a Los Alamitos High School student.
According to Tina Dingillo, administrative assistant to the superintendent, district personnel received an anonymous tip late in the day Oct. 3 alleging a relationship between Chehade and a female student. On Oct. 4 the district began their investigation and contacted the Los Alamitos Police Department.
Dingillo said Chehade first started work on campus Sept. 11 2012 and has not been on campus since Oct. 4 2012.
After school officials passed on the tip, Los Al police began their investigation. Police detectives discovered a relationship between Chehade and the girl but were unable to determine whether the relationship included sexual acts, according to a written release by department spokesman Capt. Bruce McAlpine.
However, the investigation remained open, and in March of this year, the girl confided to police detectives that she and Chehade had engaged in unlawful sex acts, according to McAlpine.
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