Substitute teacher arrested after Facebook lewd acts with 13-yr old La Mirada student

Substitute teacher arrested after Facebook contact leads to alleged lewd acts with 13-yr old La Mirada student, LASD.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau facilitated the arrest of a substitute teacher, Suspect Taylor Welch, at his La Mirada residence Tuesday morning.

Special Victims Bureau detectives began the investigation on April 24, 2012 when notified by school officials about possible inappropriate contact between the teacher and the student. Sheriff’s investigators immediately began their investigation, which led to the suspect being relieved from his teaching duties by the school.

Investigators have learned that the suspect, a 22-year old substitute teacher since September 2011, has only substitute taught at Hutchinson Middle School in La Mirada. He met the 13-year old female victim in his classroom

One later found the other on Facebook in December, 2011. A friendship developed, allegedly leading to the unlawful exchange of sexually graphic photographs, live video feed and sexting messages between the suspect and the child. Inappropriate personal contact also occurred in the classroom after class.

Authorities were made aware of the situation when the victim showed photographs of the suspect, which were stored on her cell phone, to a friend. This led to a parent reporting the matter to school authorities who notified the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect was arrested for felony Lewd Acts Upon a Child, 288(a) P.C. and Distributing Obscene Material to a Minor, 288.2 P.C. and is being held on $140,000.00 bail.

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