Jury Acquits Catholic School Aide Accused of Molesting Boy

A former after-school program coordinator at a Hayward Catholic school was acquitted Tuesday of charges that she sexually abused a male student beginning when he was 12.

Mia Cummings, 31, of Oakland, was charged with 10 felony counts, including five counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, three counts of oral copulation with a minor and one count each of contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sex crime and continuous sexual abuse of a minor.

But after a day and a half of deliberation, an Alameda County Superior Court jury found Cummings not guilty of all charges.

Cummings was arrested and charged in November 2013 after Hayward police began investigating her when they were informed of a possible incident of child sexual abuse.

Police said they learned that the alleged victim, who was 14 years old when the charges were filed, had allegedly been in a sexual relationship with Cummings since he was 12.

The investigation revealed that Cummings was employed at the All Saints Catholic School as an after-school program assistant while the boy was a student at the school, police said.

Prosecutors alleged that the incidents occurred between December 2011 and November 2013.

Hayward police said administrators at All Saints Catholic School cooperated with the investigation and that they have no indication that Cummings victimized any other children.

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