Santa Ana Substitute Teacher Peter Morales Arrested for Alleged Sexual Molestation of Students

On May 6, 2022, Santa Ana Police officers responded to Adams Elementary School to investigate allegations that Peter Morales, a 69-year-old substitute teacher, sexually molested four female students while in the classroom. According to police, the students are between the ages of eight and nine years old and told school officials that Morales touched them inappropriately. It is alleged that each victim was molested individually and at different times throughout the day.

Officers arrested Morales, who worked as a teacher for the Santa Ana Unified School District for 18 years and is now employed as a substitute teacher. Morales was booked for Child Molest and subsequently posted bail that was set at $100,000.00.

Santa Ana Police Department Detectives are asking for anyone with information to contact Detective Anthony Pacheco at 714-245-8352, or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.

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