Clovis East teacher accused of sexual misconduct with more students

    Clovis East teacher accused of sexual misconduct with student (Booking Photo: Clovis PD)

    UPDATE: Thursday, March 14, 2019 - The Clovis Police Department issued an update to this story.

    Two more girls from Clovis East High School have come forward to report they were also victims of sexual misconduct in Mr. Lee's class.

    Detectives are working with the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office regarding additional charges in this case.

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    A Clovis East teacher is facing serious charges after he was arrested on Wednesday.

    Detectives with the Clovis Police Department arrested 50-year-old Kenneth Lee on two counts of sexual misconduct with a student.

    The investigation began in December when the student reported inappropriate actions to school staff.

    Detectives conducted an investigation and determined inappropriate touching took place in Mr. Lee's class on more than one occasion.

    Lee was booked into the Fresno County Jail on one count of Lewd and Lascivious Acts With a Minor Age 14 or 15 and one count of Annoying or Molesting a Minor.

    Only one victim has has come forward but police are looking for information on any other possible victims.

    Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Ryan Swank at (559) 324-3425.

    Clovis Unified School District released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

    The arrest today by Clovis Police of long-time foreign language teacher Dr. Ken Lee on a single misdemeanor and single felony charge is deeply disheartening. The charges filed reflect behavior that is utterly unacceptable by anyone working in a trusted role with students. In Clovis Unified we expect every interaction between our staff and students to reflect the highest level of professionalism at all times, and if there is any question that this standard has not been met we take it seriously and investigate thoroughly.

    Dr. Lee has not been in class since mid-December, which is when we were alerted to a concern raised by a student of unprofessional behavior in the classroom by Dr. Lee. We immediately contacted local law enforcement, who began an investigation. This investigation, and the subsequent decision today by the District Attorney’s office to file charges against Dr. Lee have taken more than two and a half months, during which time Dr. Lee has not been on our campus.

    A long-term substitute teacher has been assigned to Dr. Lee’s class since this investigation began. Since making our report to law enforcement, we have maintained close communication with the student and family involved in the initial report to ensure they are kept well informed and supported. We appreciate the work by Clovis Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office to act on our report.

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