Atascadero man accused of sexually molesting students
January 30, 2016
Officers arrested a 53-year-old teacher at his Atascadero home for allegedly molesting students at Avenal Elementary, police said. Christopher Nugent was also an after school tutor, a youth sports photographer and a former teacher of the year.
On Wednesday, three to four students in Nugent’s fourth grade class said that their teacher had touched them inappropriately during school hours. School officials then informed the Avenal Police Department of the allegations.
On Thursday, officers served a search warrant at Nugent’s home and seized his computer. Atascadero police officers arrested Nugent on suspicion of four counts of child molestation and booked him into the Kings County Jail. His bail is set at $300,000, according to the jail website.
For the past 10 years, Nugent commuted to Kings County to teach at Avenal Elementary.
In an interview on ABC 30, a parent of a now 16-year-old former student of Nugent said he had asked school officials to place a camera in Nugent’s classroom because of changes in his son’s behavior. The parent said his request was denied.
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