Craig Chandler Arrested on Child Sex Assault

Man taught second and third grade in San Jose for the past several years.

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012  |  Updated 12:16 PM PDT
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SJ Teacher Faces Child Sex Assault Charges

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San Jose investigators confirmed they believe the abuse happened on the ground of this school and the alleged victim is a student.

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Police arrested a San Jose elementary school teacher on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault of a child, police said in a press release issued late Tuesday.

Craig Chandler, 35, was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault,  which allegedly occurred between August 2011 and October 2011.

Chandler teaches a second and third grade combination class at O.B. Whaley Elementary School, located at 2655 Alvin Ave. in San Jose. Police said he has worked at the school for the past nine years.

Investigators said the victim in the case was a student at the school and the abuse happened on school grounds. They did not not give an age or gender, so it was not known if it was one of Chandler's students or another student at the elementary school.

Parents and students arriving for school on Wednesday said they were shocked to hear the news. The district said it sent a note home Tuesday, but many parents on campus Wednesday said they had not received it.

He is being held without bail.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call the  Police Department's sexual assaults unit at (408) 537-1395 or the anonymous tip line at (408) 947-STOP (7867).

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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