Molestation Charges Against Valencia Private School Teacher Dropped

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Molestation charges against a Valencia teacher were dropped Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.


About 80 to 90 past and present students and parents supported  Astrera at a court appearance Wednesday. (Credit: Perry Smith /

Carl Astrera, who taught at Legacy Academy School, was arrested on March 26 for allegedly engaging in inappropriate conduct with a student for the past year and a half, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Deputies Juanita Navarro-Suarez and Kim Manatt stated in the news release at the time.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed one count of annoying/molesting on March 25 against Astrera, a 35-year-old Panorama City resident.

After further investigation the LA County District Attorney’s Office determined there was insufficient evidence against Astrera and the charges were dropped, Public Information Officer Ricardo Santiago said.

About 80 to 90 parents and past and present students of Astrera’s attended his Wednesday court appearance, reported. Astrera had taught computer science at the school for 14 years.

Legacy Academy School was a Christian private school that taught kindergarten through eighth grade and was located in the 27600 Block of Dickason Drive, according to the school’s website.

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