[UPDATED with District Reaction:] Alex Bassinne, Ex-Santa Ana Teacher, Accused of Molesting Teen Girls, Possessing Child Porn

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UPDATE, MAY 4, 12:39 P.M.: The Santa Ana Unified School District has released a statement regarding the charges pending against former district math teacher Alex Bassinne for alleged child pornography possession and, while working at Santa Ana High School and Raymond A. Villa Fundamental Intermediate School, molesting girls ages 15 and 13.

The statement from district Superintendent Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana follows after the jump . . .

We are deeply troubled to learn that a former teacher allegedly engaged in this reprehensible behavior and took advantage of the trust inherent in his profession. We are cooperating fully with the authorities, and encourage anybody with information that might aid their investigation to contact either the District Attorney's office or the Newport Beach Police Department immediately.

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ORIGINAL POST, MAY 3, 3:40 P.M.: A former Santa Ana Unified School District teacher faces felony charges for allegedly molesting two female teen students and possessing pornography of young girls.

Alex Bassinne, 50, who had taught math at Santa Ana High School and Raymond A. Villa Fundamental Intermediate School, was arrested today by Newport Beach Police and later charged with felony lewd acts upon a child under 14, lewd acts upon a child and possession and control of child pornography.

He had moved with his family from Laguna Niguel to Newport Beach but left behind furniture, including a desk. Someone found a disc in the desk containing graphic pornographic images of girls ages 10-12 and turned it over to police in April 2011, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA).

That led to a police search of Bassinne's Newport Beach home and, according to the OCDA, the discovery of additional child pornography that was similar in nature to what was found in Laguna Niguel. When police learned Bassinne had been a teacher, the probe shifted to his former classrooms. That's when the molestation allegations surfaced.

The OCDA alleges that during a Feb. 15, 2009, class trip, Bassinne molested an unidentified 15-year-old girl by touching her buttocks. Between Nov. 1-4, 2010, he is accused of looking down a 13-year-old girl's shirt. When she tried to move her shirt to block his view, Bassinne allegedly grabbed the shirt to continue his free show.

Prosecutors further allege that while Bassinne taught in Santa Ana, he talked dirty with students and leered at the girls. Anyone who believes they have been a victim or who knows about other incidents is asked to contact Newport Beach Police Det. David Syvock at 949.644.3771, Santa Ana Unified School District Police Sgt. Manuel Chavez at 714.558.5739, or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at 714.347.8794.  

If Bassinne is convicted of the charges pending against him, he face up to nine years and four months in state prison. He posted $100,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned June 15 at Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.

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sisto.leal
sisto.leal

Wow,9 years & 4 months for child molestation...well,this is a "White Guy" in an O.C court house,we should have seen this coming!A Black Or Hispanic will end up with about the same amount of time on a Drug Charge!

Christyneandbob
Christyneandbob

What the paper does not state - disc was turned in by a disgruntled relative - a drug addict female relative to be specific. Also it wasn't kid porn- it was "girls gone wild" video.

Bassine is a good man, good father.

The dates, details are a bit off and this is a witch hunt.

I believe he will be cleared of these charges and my hope is that this family can go forward with a happy and normal life.

Bill T.
Bill T.

Probably because they didn't have a source to quote.

Not doubting your word, but can you support your statement?

The-artist
The-artist

 I'm not ChristyandBob, but I am also aware of the background, knowing everybody involved, and yes it was a disgruntled relative, heavy addict, who "found " the disc.  Have known Bassinne over 40 years, and he is an excellent father, and has helped kids get out of the getto and into college, created terrific learning programs for them, and this is definitely a witch hunt. 

And by the way, for those of you slanging off about salaries and classes, try 55-60 students in class, five classes a day, with students who don't necessarily have a langusge in common with you, and a state that is too cheap to provide books or even photocopy paper....Incidentally, Bassinne bought materials for his students, as otherwise they wouldn't have anything to work with....How many of you have done as much? 

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Lilolz
Lilolz

Bassinne was my Algebra 2 instructor at SAHS 5 years ago! I'm so shocked to read about this! He never displayed any pedo tendencies but he used to joke a lot with the ballers about booze

Alison Avila
Alison Avila

This happened yesterday after school in Villa Fundamental. I know because I go to that school and I was there when it happened. He resigned in Villa in somewhere Thanksgiving in 2010.

remus
remus

were you an english major? 

David Amodt
David Amodt

Another fine quality teacher in the OC. And OC teachers are paid what $80k/yr for this? Unreal

Streets
Streets

Typical white man, molesting innocent children...what do you think of that shit-brain? 

Tbplayer
Tbplayer

You really think they're paid for "this?"  Really?

Bill T.
Bill T.

Obviously a comment from somone who has no idea what it is like to spend a day with 32 kids in a room.

At least they get 8 weeks mandatory leave without pay every year to recover.

The fact that the lowest paid group of college grads are portrayed as over-paid is a miracle of modern spin.

klontersnapper
klontersnapper

David, actually OC teachers are paid a little more, great pension at the taxpayers expense and quite frankly do nothing. They may need to find something to do because they for sure aren't teaching. 

mitch young
mitch young

The Register says that teachers average salary in OC is something like $76,000. That was 2-3 years ago, and I believe they've actually cut salaries since then.

Lone
Lone

A disc in a discarded desk? During the search did the searchers find another disc mysteriously under a chair? Come on...

Bill T.
Bill T.

Investigators are often overly-enthusiastic, shall we call it.

However, in this case it is fairly clear from the story that someone other than police turned up with the first disc. Only after it was in police hands was the investigation launched.

Luna
Luna

WHAT A DIRTY NASTY OLD DOG IN HEAT HE IS. FIND A REAL WOMAN HIS AGE WITH A BIG PUSSY NOT A CHILD YOU HAVE NOTHING IN COMMON JUST GET STUPIED. THATS WHY THEY ARE ON THE MEGANS LAW LIST.

mitch young
mitch young

"left behind furniture, including a desk. Someone found a disc in the desk containing graphic pornographic images of girls ages 10-12"

Doh!

BetaRayBill
BetaRayBill

One of you realives Mitch?

mitch young
mitch young

What's a 'realive'?

Streets
Streets

You know what he meant Mitch, he's your relative aint he?

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