Veteran teacher accused of sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl at Santa Ana elementary school

A veteran teacher was arrested this week on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl at a Santa Ana elementary school, police said.

The girl claimed Joseph Frances Deluca, 47, inappropriately touched her in an Edison Elementary school classroom, Santa Ana police said. School officials reported the incident to police Thursday, who arrested Deluca that same day.

Deluca, who currently works as a substitute teacher, lives in Irvine and was teaching at Robert Heidman Elementary School in Tustin on the day of his arrest, police said.

According to police, he has taught at elementary and middle schools in Westminster, Buena Park, Santa Ana, Fountain Valley and Tustin. He has served as a substitute teacher for the past two years, having previously been a full-time teacher for 15 years.

Police believe there may be more victims and that anyone with information should contact Detective Jessica Taylor at 714-245-8349, jtaylor5@santa-ana.org or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-01/veteran-teacher-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-10-year-old-girl-at-santa-ana-elementary-school Veteran teacher accused of sexually assaulting 10-year-old girl at Santa Ana elementary school

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