Police in Victorville are asking for the public’s help to locate other possible victims of an elementary school teacher and kickboxing instructor accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl, authorities said Thursday.
John Albert Bean, 38, was arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old on Wednesday following an investigation that began last November, according to the Victorville Police Department.
Investigators were first tipped off on Nov. 19 to an alleged child sex abuse that took place five year earlier, a police news release stated.
Bean was accused of sexually abusing a 10 year-old girl at the Challenger School of Sport and Fitness in Victorville, where he taught kickboxing and other subjects since 2006, police said.
During the investigation, detectives were able to locate a second alleged victim who corroborated the girl’s disclosure, according to the release.
Bean is also a teacher at Challenger Elementary School, according to a statement released from the Victor Elementary School District on behalf of Superintendent Jan Gonzales.
The district confirmed Friday that Bean was placed on administrative leave after law enforcement contacted them back in December.
“These allegations are deeply disturbing and we understand you might feel shocked, saddened, or upset. We feel the same way. The safety of our students is our most important priority and we remain committed to providing them with a safe and nurturing environment,” the statement read.
Counselors will be available for any students, staff and families who need support, according to the district.
Bean, meanwhile, has been released from custody after posting bail, police said.
Detectives released his booking photo because they think there could be other victims in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call sheriff’s Detective David Rayenhartz at 909-387-3626; anonymous tips can be left by dialing 1-800-782-7463.