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Tarzana Middle School Teacher Accused of Molesting Students

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A Tarzana middle school teacher was arrested Monday and charged with multiple counts of child molestation and battery involving three girls.

tarzana-teacherThe girls, two 13-year-olds and one 14-year-old, were students at Gaspar Portola Middle School at the time of the alleged abuse.

The investigation began after a 13-year-old female student reported that her teacher, Jason Leon, 32, had allegedly touched her inappropriately back in June.

Three days later, another 13-year-old female student of Leon’s reported that, on two days in June, Leon had engaged in similar behavior.

Charges also include allegations by a third female student of the school who claims to have been similarly abused by Leon on several occasions in 2010 when she was 14 years old.

Leon was charged with four counts of child molestation and three counts of battery.

If convicted, he faces up to 5 and a half years in jail and $26,000 in fines. Bail has been set at $35,000.