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Any more molest victims?

A SUBSTITUTE teacher has been arrested for allegedly molesting four young girls in a Santa Ana school


Santa Ana police detectives are asking members of the public if they have additional information about a suspect arrested earlier this month for allegedly molesting four young girls while he was a substitute teacher.


Peter Morales, 69, was arrested by SAPD officers on May 6 after allegations were made that he molested four female students – ages 8 and 9 years old – while in the classroom at Adams Elementary School.

The pupils told school officials that Morales touched them inappropriately. Each girl was molested individually and at different times during the day, it’s alleged.

Officers arrested Morales, who was worked as a teacher in the Santa Ana Unified School District for 18 years, most recently as a substitute teacher. He was booked for child molestation and posted bail that has been set at $100,000.

SAPD detectives are asking that anyone with information relevant to this situation contact Detective Anthony Pacheco at (714) 245-8352 or via e-mail at

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