A California teacher has been arrested for allegedly having illicit relations with some of her students.
Reports say that Anessa Paige Gower, 35, was arrested by Richmond police officers Wednesday as she was returning from Hawaii at Sacramento International Airport.
Gower was a biology teacher at Making Waves Academy in Richmond. The charter school has 1,100 students in grades 5-12, according to the school’s website.
Gower “engaged in numerous acts of a sexual nature with minors between 2021-2022,” prosecutors said. “The case involves seven minors, so their identities are being withheld.” According to reports, the victims are all boys between the ages of 15 and 16 years-old.
School officials were alerted to wrongdoings by Gower when several students came to them and told them of her behavior back in February. The school officials alerted the authorities and started the investigation that started with just two students but grew to include five more.
“Investigators took statements from the victims and witnesses about a number of incidents involving sex acts with minors, inappropriate touching, and sharing sexually graphic photos over online platforms,” the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office wrote.
Gower is currently behind bars in the Martinez Detection Facility jail and her bail is set at nearly $2 million.