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Former Contra Costa County teacher arrested in Sacramento on child molestation charges

RECOVER FROM THE PANDEMIC AND FACING HIGHER PRICESOR F SUPPLI.ES GULSTAN: A FORMER TEACHER FROM RICHMOND ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING MINORS HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN SACRAMENTO. RICHMOND POLICE, WITH THE LPHE OF SACRAMENTO COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, HAVE ARRESTED ESAN PAIGE GOWER ON WEDNEAYSD AT SACRAMENTO INTERNATIONAL AIRPT.OR SHE WAS RETURNING TO CALIFORNIA FROM HAWAII. SHE IS NOW HELD IN RICHMOND. GOWER IS ACCUSED OF BEING XUSEALLY INVOLVED WITH 7 MINORS DURING HER TIME AS A BIOLOGY TEACHER AT MAKING WAVES ACADEMY BETWEEN 2021 AND 2022. INVESTIGATORS SAVIY CTIMCAMES FORWARD AND ALSO SHARED SOME GRAPHIC PHOTOS BETWEEN THE TEACHER. THE SCHOOL SHE FORMERLY TAHTUG AT IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED LAW ENFORCEMENT WHEN IT FOUND OUT. IT RELEASED THIS STATEME, SAYING IN PART, “THAT TEAC

Former teacher arrested at Sacramento airport faces child molestation charges involving 7 minors

A former biology teacher in Contra Costa County faces multiple charges of child molestation after being arrested by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office this week, officials said. Anessa Gower was detained when she flew into the Sacramento International Airport on Wednesday, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office said in a release on Friday.Gower was a biology teacher at Making Waves Academy in Richmond from late October to early February, according to the DA’s office. At least seven minors ages 15 to 16 have come forward saying she engaged in numerous sex acts, inappropriate touching and shared sexually graphic photos over online platforms between 2021-22, the release said. The identities of the minors are being withheld as the investigation continues. Making Waves Academy, the school she taught at, released a statement: “There is nothing more important than the health, safety and well-being of our students. During the course of an investigation into allegations that one of our teachers violated school policy, we learned of additional highly concerning allegations involving that teacher’s conduct. We immediately shared that information with authorities who are reviewing the matter. That teacher is no longer employed by Making Waves Academy and we have reached out to parents, students and faculty to provide support where it might be needed. At this time we can make no further comment.”Officials said the DA filed 29 felony counts on Friday against Gower for the alleged sex crimes. She is currently in custody in Richmond and her bail is set at $1.2 million. Gower is scheduled to be sponsored in court on Monday.

A former biology teacher in Contra Costa County faces multiple charges of child molestation after being arrested by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office this week, officials said.

Anessa Gower was detained when she flew into the Sacramento International Airport on Wednesday, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office said in a release on Friday.

Gower was a biology teacher at Making Waves Academy in Richmond from late October to early February, according to the DA’s office.

At least seven minors ages 15 to 16 have come forward saying she engaged in numerous sex acts, inappropriate touching and shared sexually graphic photos over online platforms between 2021-22, the release said. The identities of the minors are being withheld as the investigation continues.

Making Waves Academy, the school she taught at, released a statement:

“There is nothing more important than the health, safety and well-being of our students. During the course of an investigation into allegations that one of our teachers violated school policy, we learned of additional highly concerning allegations involving that teacher’s conduct. We immediately shared that information with authorities who are reviewing the matter. That teacher is no longer employed by Making Waves Academy and we have reached out to parents, students and faculty to provide support where it might be needed. At this time we can make no further comment .”

Officials said the DA filed 29 felony counts on Friday against Gower for the alleged sex crimes.

She is currently in custody in Richmond and her lease is set at $1.2 million. Gower is scheduled to be sponsored in court on Monday.

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