DIAMOND BAR — A 33-year-old high school assistant band instructor was in sheriff’s custody today after his arrest on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old female student.
Albert Anthony Morales was taken into custody at his home in Diamond Bar Tuesday and booked on sodomy charges, said Sgt. Richard Pena of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau.
The assault occurred in the summer of 2006 when the victim, now 22, was attending Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, Pena said.
Morales was being held at the sheriff’s Walnut Station in lieu of $350,000 bail and was due in court in Pomona on Thursday, according to online jail records.
He has been tutoring band students for the past 13 years and had taught or volunteered in Los Angeles and Orange counties as a percussion teacher, Pena said.
Detectives from the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau are seeking additional victims. Morales worked at Diamond Bar High School from 1998 to 2000, Sunny Hills High School from 2004 to 2009 and Diamond Ranch High School in Pomona the past two years, Pena said.
Anyone with additional information on Morales was asked to call the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273.
By CITY NEWS SERVICE/ THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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