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Judge orders trial for former teacher accused of molestation

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EL CAJON (CNS) - A former East County elementary school teacher was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on charges he molested seven girls while they were students in his classroom.

Robert Noel Anderson, 59, is suspected of molesting the victims while teaching the fourth and sixth grades at Dehesa Elementary School, according to testimony during a two-day preliminary hearing. Anderson left his teaching job in 2006.

Several women testified that Anderson touched them inappropriately as they sat on his lap in class in 2003 and 2004.

Following the preliminary hearing, Judge Evan Kirvin found that enough evidence was presented for Anderson to stand trial on 11 counts of committing a lewd act on a child, but dismissed two charges involving an eighth alleged victim.

Multiple abuse cases were reported to the sheriff's department between 2003 and 2013, when the investigation was re-opened. Anderson was arrested Sept. 11 after a criminal complaint and warrant were issued in the case.

He faces 28 years in prison if convicted.

A Superior Court arraignment was scheduled for Jan. 14, when a trial date could be set.





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