Former Duarte school teacher acquitted of child molestation charges

PASADENA — A jury Friday acquitted a former Duarte elementary school teacher charged with molesting five students over more than a decade of all charges, officials said.
After more than a week of deliberation, the Pasadena Superior Court jury found Wade Bughman, 43, of Monrovia not guilty of all nine counts of child molestation, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Jane Robison said.
Bughman, a longtime teacher at Beardslee Elementary School in Duarte, was arrested June 17, 2010, after five students and former students leveled allegations of sexual abuse dating back to 1998.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Debra Archuleta. Bughman was represented in court by Los Angeles-based attorney Leonard Levine.

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