An elementary school teacher in Union City was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of molesting at least one student, police said. Deputies served an arrest warrant at the Alameda home of Michael William Howey, a 47-year-old teacher at Alvarado Elementary School in Union City. Howey was arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 years of age and on suspicion of annoying and molesting a child, police said.
He was taken to county jail, where he is being held on $1.5 million bail, according to police. Police said the arrest stemmed from an investigation that began last month after an adult witness at Alvarado Elementary School reported that he had engaged in criminal acts with a female student. Howey was immediately placed on administrative leave while police launched an investigation.
During the investigation, a number of students were interviewed, resulting in additional allegations of the teacher’s misconduct, police said. The teacher has no prior arrests or criminal history, according to police. Police said administrators from the New Haven School District have fully cooperated with the investigation to ensure the safety of their students. District officials could not immediately be reached for comment this afternoon. Police said the investigation into allegations against Howey is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call police Cmdr. Ben Horner at (510) 675-5225.
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