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Investigation of Davis teacher arrested on sex-related charge started in September, officials say

The arrest of a Davis junior high school teacher followed a long investigation, police and school officials said Monday.

Davis police and a Davis school district official released more information Monday about the arrest on a sex-related charge of John O’Brien, 40, a teacher at Harper Junior High School.

Davis police said O’Brien, 40, was arrested Friday by Concord police. He was given a notice to appear in court.

O’Brien’s arrest follows a lengthy investigation by Davis police after they received a report about the veteran teacher in September.

Davis police requested and received an arrest warrant for O’Brien issued by a Yolo County Superior Court judge.

Davis police Lt. Thomas Waltz said O’Brien is suspected of inappropriately touching a 16-year-old boy over his clothing. The alleged incident happened at the teen’s residence, not on school grounds.

O’Brien has been placed on unpaid administrative leave, pending dismissal proceedings.

Davis Joint Unified School District Superintendent Winfred B. Roberson, Jr., read a statement at a news conference emphasizing that the alleged events did not happen on campus.

“This has been a difficult time for the Davis Joint Unified School District,” Roberson said. He also said that internal personnel investigations are confidential to protect the privacy of people involved.

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