A third-grade teacher at an Alameda County school has been arrested on charges that he molested a number of female pupils.
Union City Police Commander Ben Horner said that 47-year-old Michael William Howey was arrested at his Alameda home on Wednesday and remained jailed on Thursday with his bail set at $1.5 million.
The investigation started April 12 when another school employee said she saw Howey touching a little girl in his classroom.
From interviews with other girls, investigators identified more alleged victims, although Horner would not say how many.
Union City police believe there are multiple \victims, girls between 8- and 9-years-old.
Students at the school went home with a letter from the school district notifying their parents that the 3rd grade teacher was arrested for inappropriate contact with students.
Some parents at the school were angry they didn't know about the situation weeks ago when the alleged sexual crime was reported.
"It's really mind-boggling,” said Tyree Tappin Humdy, a parent at Alvarado Elementary School. “It's disturbing. I mean it's really scary. I have a 7-year-old daughter here."
"The investigation is continuing because there are some children that are going to be going through the interview process,” said Union City police Commander Ben Horner. “There is potential for additional charges."
Howey has worked for the New Haven Unified School District for 15 years and administrators say no one has every complained about him before. He was placed on administrative leave after the first allegation.
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