October 4, 2023

CASTRO VALLEY — A former Castro Valley Excessive Faculty music instructor has been charged with sexually abusing a scholar, alleged crimes that police say have been found by college students on the faculty earlier than his arrest.

Keita Hasegawa, who taught band at Creekside Center Faculty earlier than transferring to the highschool in 2021, was charged with seven felonies, together with a number of youngster molestation prices, a depend of assembly a minor for lewd functions and enhancements alleging he focused a “weak” sufferer and abused a “place of belief.”

Jail data point out Hasegawa will not be but in custody and an Alameda County Sheriff’s spokeswoman didn’t instantly reply to an inquiry about whether or not he’s been arrested.

Hasegawa met the alleged sufferer when she was an 11-year-old center faculty scholar, in line with police, who say the woman informed police that he had kissed her when she was simply 13. Police allege that the sexual abuse progressed from there after the woman entered highschool.

The charged offenses occurred in 2021 and 2022, in line with prosecutors. However Hasegawa didn’t come below suspicion till March 2023, when the highschool’s principal, Chris Fortenberry, reported to police that Hasegawa admitted to being on the woman’s house whereas she was going by means of a psychological well being disaster, ostensibly to offer “ethical help,” in line with authorities.

As police explored why a music instructor would have personally gone to a teen woman’s house, they found rumors have been flying round the highschool about Hasegawa pursuing the woman. Some college students claimed they’d seen Hasegawa deleting lewd textual content message conversations between him and the woman, which Hasegawa adamantly denied, prosecutors say. In different texts, Hasegawa allegedly requested the woman report lewd audio of herself for him.

However police say they have been capable of get better texts during which Hasegawa known as her “attractive,” and referenced particular previous intercourse acts between them. The woman initially denied something inappropriate had occurred, however later admitted that Hasegawa had molested her in his workplace on campus and through an incident once they have been collectively off-campus, authorities say.

Hasegawa may very well be reached for remark and it’s unclear if he has retained an legal professional. The Alameda County District Lawyer’s Workplace filed the fees on Tuesday.

When Hasegawa transferred to Castro Valley Excessive Faculty in 2021, he informed the college’s newspaper, The Olympian, he was excited to be round most of the identical college students he’d recognized on the center faculty.

“Whether or not it’s working with the scholars in Band or Orchestra, I’ve taught most of those college students in some capability previously,” Hasegawa informed The Olympian. “It feels nice being again with these college students and I really feel proper at house being at Castro Valley Excessive Faculty.”