Sunnyvale teacher arrested for sex abuse

March 6, 2009 11:48:22 AM PST
Police in Colorado have arrested a former Sunnyvale teacher on child abuse charges.

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Abigail Anne Holloway started working as physical education teacher at the Kings Academy in Sunnyvale in 2000.

Holloway hasn't worked at the school since 2002, so learning of her arrest on multiple child abuse charges has caught the private Christian school off-guard.

"It's always shocking and sad to hear these allegations. It was so long ago nobody here is really familiar with her. None of our students were here at the time," said Kings Academy spokesperson Kriss Hayward.

Sunnyvale police have just arrested Holloway, now 33, in Arapahoe County, Colorado, where she was working as a teacher.

Last December, investigators began looking into allegations that in 2001 Holloway had developed a relationship and engaged in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old girl, who was a student at the Kings Academy. The relationship allegedly continued for several years.

"I can't get into exact aspects of what exactly occurred in detail. That's all critical to the prosecution of the case," said Captain Doug Moretto from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety.

Due to the sensitive nature of the case, Captain Moretto says investigators are not revealing how they learned of the case, but they want the public to know about it in case there are other potential victims in the community.

"We want to make sure that people to understand there is safe environment, there are people here to help, and there are people here to take their information related to this case," said Capt. Moretto.

Holloway is also believed to have worked as a teacher at several other schools in Santa Clara County from 2003 to 2005, but police haven't verified exactly which schools yet.

Kings Academy sent a letter to parents saying that Holloway had no criminal background. In fact, they conducted a criminal record check and found out no history of inappropriate conduct.

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