Teacher From Charter High School in Van Nuys Accused of Child Molestation

Police are seeking information after arresting a teacher from Birmingham Community Charter High School in Van Nuys on suspicion of child molestation, authorities said Saturday.

Detectives arrested Scott Silva following a two-week investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Sexually Exploited Child Unit, the LAPD said in a written statement.

Scott Silva, a teacher at Birmingham Community Charter High School in Van Nuys, in a photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department following his arrest on Nov. 16, 2018.

Scott Silva, a teacher at Birmingham Community Charter High School in Van Nuys, in a photo released by the Los Angeles Police Department following his arrest on Nov. 16, 2018.

The investigation began Nov. 1 after police received a report of alleged inappropriate conduct involving Silva, officials said. Charges were filed Friday.

“The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office filed multiple counts of sexual battery and child annoyance, and a warrant in the amount of $400,000 was issued for Silva’s arrest,” according to the police statement. “Mr. Silva was subsequently taken into custody without incident.”

Officials released no further details regarding the allegations against the teacher.

The school’s website describes Silva as a science teacher, as well as a football kicking coach, an athletic trainer and a girls lacrosse coach.

Information regarding Silva’s initial court appearance was not available Saturday afternoon.