Prosecutors: California teacher charged with child molestation shared photos online

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RICHMOND, Calif. — A former teacher at a California charter school accused of engaging in sexual acts with minors was charged with 29 counts of child molestation.

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Prosecutors announced the charges against Anessa Gower in a news release, saying Gower was a biology teacher at Making Waves Academy in Richmond when the alleged acts occurred from 2021-2022.

Police announced they arrested Gower in a Facebook post. She was arrested upon returning to California from a vacation in Hawaii, according to the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office.

Investigators said seven anonymous minors reported Gower for inappropriate touching, sexual acts and sharing explicit photos, The Washington Examiner reported.

In a statement to KRON, the CEO of Making Waves Academy said: “During the course of an investigation into allegations that one of our teachers violated school policy, we learned of additional highly concerning allegations involving that teacher’s conduct. We immediately shared that information with authorities who are reviewing the matter. That teacher is no longer employed by Making Waves Academy and we have reached out to parents, students and faculty to provide support where it might be needed.”