Clovis Unified School District trustees on Monday formally fired teacher Neng Yang, who is accused of molesting one of his second-grade students.
Yang is facing both state and federal charges involving the alleged molestation and pornographic video he is accused of shooting on his cell phone. He has pleaded not guilty in both Fresno County and federal court.
Yang was not mentioned by name during the brief meeting, but the board has no other person in a similar type of dismissal process, said spokeswoman Kelly Avants.
In a statement, board President Jim Van Volkinburg described Monday's action as being against a "permanent certificated employee."
"Our action today brings closure to the employment of the individual at the center of disturbing events in the district," Van Volkinburg said in a written statement following the board's action. "... We have sought the truth, however painful, because the truth is what will help us to heal."
Soon after his arrest in late January, the district began the process of firing Yang, a teacher at Freedom Elementary School. Trustees were required to take two separate actions. The board took its final step on Monday.
Last month, the board gave Yang the required 30 days to seek a hearing to keep his job. The 30-day clock ran out Sunday without a request for a hearing, Avants said.
Yang, 44, of Clovis, taught for 18 years in Clovis Unified, and was on unpaid leave until Monday's dismissal vote.
His wife, Kia Yang, returned to work as principal at Miramonte Elementary School in Clovis Unified in mid-February, Avants said. She had taken paid time off after the charges were brought against her husband. Police have said she is not a person of interest in the case.
Neng Yang's next court date is April 6 in Fresno County Superior Court. He also is being charged in a federal case. His next hearing in U.S. District Court is April 9.