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Child molestation charges against Valencia teacher dropped

Carl Astrera

April 17, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A molestation charge against a Valencia private school teacher was dropped Wednesday because of a lack of evidence.

Carl Astrera, 35, who taught at Legacy Christian Academy, was arrested on March 26 for allegedly engaging in inappropriate behavior with an 11-year-old boy at the school.

Astrera had expected to make a plea at his preliminary arraignment Wednesday, when the deputy district attorney moved to dismiss the case.

Many parents had been supportive of the teacher, even rallying with T-shirts that read "#Truthwillprevail."

School officials released a statement that said they had no reason to believe Astrera did anything wrong.