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Garfield math teacher arrested for allegedly having sexual relationship with student

A math teacher from Garfield Elementary School was arrested Friday for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a former student.

Jeffrey Yoshitake, 42, was booked on suspicion of one felony count of lewd acts with a child after a woman told police Thursday that her former teacher began a sexual relationship with her when she was 15, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. The woman, now her in mid 20s, says the relationship lasted seven years.

Yoshitake is scheduled to be arraigned May 5 in Alhambra Superior Court, according to the Tribune.

Yoshitake was placed on administrative leave after the Monterey Park Police Department contacted the Alhambra Unified School District on Friday "concerning allegations of a teacher’s inappropriate contact with an individual," AUSD Superintendent Laura Tellez-Gagliano said in a statement.

Garfield Elementary Principal Christa Van Orden notified parents Friday of the incident, Tellez-Gagliano added. The district also held a meeting Monday morning with parents of students in Yoshitake's class.

"As both a parent and an educator, I know that nothing shatters trust faster and more harshly than the thought of an adult mistreating a minor," Tellez-Gagliano said. "The teacher was arrested and the justice system will decide his situation based on facts and law. As to the school district, I assure everyone that we will always take actions that err on the side of student safety: it is both our moral and legal obligation."

All AUSD teachers are fingerprinted through the FBI and Department of Justice and must pass a background check before entering the classroom, according to Tellez-Gagliano.

This is the second case this year of sexual abuse involving an AUSD staff member. Andrea Cardosa, a former assistant principal at Alhambra High School, was charged Feb. 3 with 16 felony counts of sexual assaults and lewd acts on a child after allegedly having sexual relationships with two students in other districts.

A former student of Cardosa posted a YouTube video Jan. 17 accusing the former administrator of sexually abusing her for years, starting at age 12, when Cardosa was her teacher in Riverside County. Cardosa resigned later that day after less than four months with the district, school officials said.

A second victim came forward days after the video was posted.

Cardosa is scheduled to be arraigned Friday at Riverside Superior Court, according to the Tribune.

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2 thoughts on “Garfield math teacher arrested for allegedly having sexual relationship with student”

  1. The article is telling two stories at once.

    Story #1:
    Jeffrey Yoshitake originally met the accuser back when the two of them were at Garfield Elementary where the teacher worked. The teacher was teaching 6th-8th grade students at the time.

    Story #2:
    Somehow the two kept in touch and began a seven-year tryst that started when she was 15 years old, after she left the school. Time pasts after the forbidden relationship ends and the accuser comes forward to the police.

    TL;DR: Teacher has relationship with former student. Relationship began when she was underage.

  2. Sorry to once again read about these ugly situations – but is your reporting correct, writing that this woman was 15 YEARS OF AGE while attending Garfield Elementary? Seems to old to be in elementary school.