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Felony trial postponed for Garfield Elementary School teacher accused of sexual abuse

The trial for a Garfield Elementary School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a former student has been postponed, the Pasadena Star-News reports.

The trial for Jeffrey Yoshitake, 43, was postponed Monday from June 2 to June 30 after the teacher’s lawyer stated further investigation was needed before a trial could begin, according to the Star-News.

Yoshitake was placed on administrative leave on Feb. 28 after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a former student for seven years, beginning when she was 15, Monterey Park Police Lt. Bill Cuevas told the Star-NewsYoshitake pleaded not guilty May 5 to five counts of lewd acts upon a child.

Two other sexual abuse cases have involved the Alhambra Unified School District this year.

Jose Jesus Mosqueda, a teacher at Repetto Elementary School, faces eight felony counts — including oral copulation or sexual penetration of a child under 10, lewd act upon a child, and continuous sexual abuse — after being accused of repeatedly molesting special needs girls while they were in third and fourth grade.

Andrea Cardosa, a former assistant principal at Alhambra High School, was charged Feb. 3 with 16 felony counts of sexual assault and lewd acts on a child after a former student posted a video on YouTube accusing Cardosa of sexually abusing her in a district in Riverside County.

Read the full story from the Pasadena Star-News.

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