Napa teacher arrested for molestation


Josefat Estrada Jr., 35, was arrested at his Napa home Sunday morning, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department reported. The alleged molestation was reported to Sonoma police on June 25 and is said to have occurred between 2005 and 2007, Sgt. Glenn Lawrence said.

Estrada taught math at Vintage High School but Lawrence said the allegations are not related to the school.

The alleged victim was 14 when the alleged sexual conduct began and Estrada was a trusted friend of the victim's family, Lawrence said. Estrada is charged with eight counts of oral copulation of a minor, oral copulation of a minor unconscious of the act and one count of committing a lewd act on a child. He is being held in Sonoma County jail in lieu of $350,000 bail.

Judge Elliot Daum appointed the county public defender's office to represent Estrada, who will appear in court again Monday morning. The judge also approved a criminal protective order prohibiting Estrada from contacting the alleged victim.

Deputy District Attorney Tashawn Sanders said the complaint alleges there is only one victim.

Sharyn Lindsey, assistant superintendent of human resources for the Napa Unified School District, said Estrada taught at Vintage High School beginning in the fall of 2005. He previously taught math and health at a secondary school in New York City between September 2003 and June 2004. She said he is on unpaid leave as of Monday.

"He was very highly thought of and received good evaluations. He was a hard worker and there are nothing but good things to say about him," Lindsey said.

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