Keizer middle school instructor charged with sex abuse

Keizer middle school instructor charged with sex abuse

Keizer middle school instructor charged with sex abuse

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by Mike Benner

NWCN.com

Posted on October 10, 2012 at 10:42 PM

KEIZER, Ore -- An instructional assistant at a Keizer middle school is jailed on sex abuse charges.  Jose Moreno, authorities say, fondled three boys.

"He doesn't look mean or like a bad guy," said student Angel Castelen. 

Moreno is a special education instructor at Whiteaker Middle School.  According to detectives, the alleged abuse occurred at Moreno's home and at school.

"These are very serious situations whenever there is any allegation against someone who works with students all the time," said district spokesperson Jay Remy.  "The district is first of all cooperating with police."

Moreno is facing seven counts of sex abuse.  He has been at Whiteaker since the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year.  He worked at Clear Lake Elementary School before that.

Authorities do not believe there are any additional victims. The investigation began after Keizer Police received information from child welfare investigators with the Oregon Department of Human Services.

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