A retired middle school teacher was arrested on Monday for raping a child back in 2009.
Sunnyvale, California police officers arrested retired Cupertino Middle School teacher Anthony James Phillips for the alleged sexual assault of one of his students.
Name correction: Anthony James Phillips pic.twitter.com/4xe32WaDV6
— Sunnyvale DPS (@SunnyvaleDPS) April 12, 2022
UPDATE: @SunnyvaleDPS corrects name of suspect: Anthony James Phillips, 61, accused of sexually assaulting ex-@CupertinoMS student in Sunnyvale when he was a teacher there in 2009. He will no longer be coaching at or on @FremontHigh campus in Sunnyvale, per @FUHSDStrong pic.twitter.com/99Q7wc8qRw
— Henry K. Lee (@henrykleeKTVU) April 12, 2022
170th pedophile educator documented since 4/12/2021.
CA: Sunnyvale teacher, volunteer coach Anthony James Phillips arrested in 2009 child sex assault case.
The student attended Cupertino Middle School in Sunnyvale, where James was a teacher.https://t.co/Cr6vRbfPpB
— Dalton (@DaltonReport) April 12, 2022
The Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety said investigators arrested 61-year-old Anthony James Phillips on what is alleged to have occurred in 2009. They said at the time, the student attended Cupertino Middle School in Sunnyvale, where James was a teacher.
Phillips was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges including aggravated sexual assault of a child and forcible penetration with a foreign object.
He was being held Tuesday at the Elmwood facility on $500,000 bail.
It was unclear if Phillips had an attorney on record.
He retired from teaching three years ago, but investigators said that recently he’s been volunteering as a softball and basketball coach at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale.
In addition, the Cupertino Union School District confirmed that Phillips had recently worked as a substitute teacher, but officials said that the individual was no longer employed by the district.
In a statement to KTVU, Cupertino Union said, “The district is fully committed to the safety of its students and will cooperate with law enforcement in this matter.”
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