San Jose middle school teacher arrested for inappropriate communication with student

SAN JOSE, Calif. (BCN) – A San Jose middle school teacher has been arrested on suspicion of having inappropriate sexual communications via social media with a student, police said Thursday. Trae Devonte Owens, 29, a teacher at Herbert Hoover Middle School, is accused of communications over three weeks with a female student at Abraham Lincoln High School that included requesting inappropriate photos from her and making arrangements to pick her up, according to police in San Jose.

Officers learned of the case last Friday and obtained an arrest warrant for Owens, who was taken into custody Sunday in the city of Hollister. San Jose Unified School District officials said they worked with police after receiving a tip “that a current employee may have engaged in unacceptable behavior involving a student.”

Additional counselors will be available at both Hoover Middle School and Lincoln High School this week, according to the district.

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“Students are often the first to notice inappropriate behavior. It takes tremendous courage and confidence to report something you know is wrong. Protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and community requires each of us to speak up when something is not right, to support others who are in need and to work together to solve challenges,” the school district said in their announcement of the arrest. “We appreciate everyone who helped us respond so quickly.”

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