Hueneme Elementary School Teacher Charged with Lewd and Lascivious Conduct
By Peggy Hunt
Port Hueneme, CA — Juan Jose Aguilar, 45, a fourth-grade teacher at Fred Williams Elementary School in Oxnard was arrested and charged with lewd and lascivious conduct.
Prosecutors declined to comment on whether the alleged victims, four children under the age of 14, attended school at Fred Williams Elementary. Aguilar has taught for more than fifteen years in the Hueneme School District. School district officials say he has been placed on unpaid leave.
Prosecutors say one boy was allegedly abused for more than two years beginning in 2006, and three other boys were allegedly abused for nearly a year beginning in 1999. Police say much of the abuse occurred in his classroom at lunch or after school.
Hueneme Elementary School District Assistant Superintendent Deborah DeSmeth released a statement, which reads in part:
“We are shocked and disappointed that these actions may have occurred and are doing our best to cooperate with law enforcement and the district attorney. We are dealing with conduct alleged to have occurred 13 years ago and all of the administrators who were here are gone. When we have more information, we can begin to examine documents from that time in order to determine what was going on.”
DeSmeth says the school district has not been able to verify if any of its students were involved because it has not seen the complaint. She says once district officials receive the complaint, they will begin their own investigation.
Aguilar was arrested July 4 and entered a plea of not guilty in court this past Tuesday. He remains behind bars with bail set at over $1 million. If convicted of all the charges, Aguilar could be sentenced to 60 years in prison.