English Teacher at South High School in Torrance Accused of Molesting Student in 2012

Detectives arrested an English teacher at South High School in Torrance Monday for the alleged molestation of a former student in 2012, authorities said.

Kevin McElwee, 49, of San Pedro, pictured in a photo released by the Torrance Police Department following his arrest on Dec. 3, 2018.

Kevin McElwee, 49, of San Pedro, pictured in a photo released by the Torrance Police Department following his arrest on Dec. 3, 2018.

Kevin James McElwee, 49, of San Pedro was arrested about 1:30 p.m. at the campus, 4801 Pacific Coast Highway, the Torrance Police Department said in a written statement.

The former student was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse, police said. No further details were released.

The investigation began with a tip from a member of the public, officials added.

“Detectives are currently reviewing evidence to potentially identify additional victims,” according to the police statement.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Torrance police at 310-328-3456. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Bail for McElwee was set at $450,000 pending his initial court appearance, Los Angeles County booking records show.

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