An Avenal middle school teacher was arrested Friday on suspicion of eight counts of lewd acts with a minor, officials reported.
Kings County Jail records show Curt Meyer, 70, was arrested at his east-central Fresno home by Avenal police. In addition to the molestation charges, Meyer faces one count of illegally possessing an assault weapon.
Meyer is a seventh-grade math and science teacher at Reef-Sunset Middle School who taught in the district for the last 19 years, said Superintendent David East with Reef-Sunset Unified School District in Avenal. Meyer is now on paid administrative leave.
East said the district and Avenal police will hold a news conference Monday at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the arrest.
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In addition to to the molestation charges, officers from the Avenal Police Department found Meyer with an illegal assault rifle, jail records show. Avenal police did not respond to a request for comment.
He was booked into the Kings County Jail, where jail records show he is being held in lieu of $925,000 bail.
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