FRESNO, CA (KMJ) – Two more victims are identified who were allegedly molested by a Clovis East foreign language teacher.
50-year-old Kenneth Lee was arrested on Wednesday.
The Clovis Unified educator is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.
A female student at Clovis East was the first to report Lee’s alleged crimes to school staff.
On Thursday, Clovis Police said two more students have come forward, telling investigators they, too were victims in the classroom.
Lee is facing charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor as well as annoying or molesting a minor.
Detectives are working with the Fresno County District Attorney on additional charges.
Clovis Police warn that anyone interfering with or intimidating victims will be criminally charged.
They ask anyone having additional information regarding this case to contact Detective Ryan Swank at 324-3425.
A statement from the Clovis Unified School District :
The arrest today by Clovis Police of long-time foreign language teacher Dr. Ken Lee on a single misdemeanor and single felony charge is deeply disheartening. The charges filed reflect behavior that is utterly unacceptable by anyone working in a trusted role with students. In Clovis Unified we expect every interaction between our staff and students to reflect the highest level of professionalism at all times, and if there is any question that this standard has not been met we take it seriously and investigate thoroughly.
Dr. Lee has not been in class since mid-December, which is when we were alerted to a concern raised by a student of unprofessional behavior in the classroom by Dr. Lee. We immediately contacted local law enforcement, who began an investigation. This investigation, and the subsequent decision today by the District Attorney’s office to file charges against Dr. Lee have taken more than two and a half months, during which time Dr. Lee has not been on our campus.
A long-term substitute teacher has been assigned to Dr. Lee’s class since this investigation began. Since making our report to law enforcement, we have maintained close communication with the student and family involved in the initial report. We appreciate the support provided us by Clovis Police Department and the work of the District Attorney’s Office to act on our report.
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