Teacher facing 7 sex crime charges

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe FBI began investigating Jukes in March when a mother monitoring her son’s Internet activity saw an inappropriate e-mail from him to her son. She reported it to the FBI. Jukes, a computer instructor at the school, was fired March 6 because of the e-mail. By Jukes’ April arrest, the FBI had identified one alleged victim. A Daily News article about the arrest led to additional leads and helped identify other alleged victims, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. During the ensuing investigation, the FBI’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement team identified six alleged victims. None of the alleged molestations occurred at Sierra Canyon, according to officials from the District Attorney’s Office. “At this time, we don’t know if any of the children molested were Sierra Canyon students,” said Martin Cooper, a school spokesman. “We are working very closely with the FBI and other legal authorities to cooperate with them completely.” Parents of Sierra Canyon students have been informed of developments in the case, Cooper said. School officials have encouraged parents to talk to their children about the issue and be aware of what their children are doing on the Internet. [email protected] (818) 713-3669160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A former teacher at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth was charged Tuesday with molesting six boys over several years, authorities said. Thomas Edward Jukes, 32, of Canoga Park was taken into custody during a court appearance before a Van Nuys court commissioner, who raised his bail from $100,000 to $535,000. He was arrested April 27. Jukes was charged with two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14 and two counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, both felonies. He was also charged with three misdemeanor counts of child annoying. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 26 in Van Nuys Superior Court. last_img read more

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