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Mesa teacher arrested in molestation case

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Posted: Thursday, March 11, 2010 2:17 pm | Updated: 3:36 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

A Mesa public school elementary teacher has been arrested on suspicion of child molestation.

Mesa police said the alleged 12-year-old victim disclosed on March 3 that when she was 7, her music teacher had sexually molested her.

The victim told police it had occurred on two separate occasions in the band room while she was attending Brinton Elementary School.

Mesa police said the incidents occurred between January 2005 and November 2005. The victim identified the suspect as 49-year-old Michael Allen LaMonica.

Mesa police detectives arrested LaMonica and booked him on two counts of child molestation.

LaMonica has been teaching music at Brinton Elementary for nine years.

Police say there may be other victims who have not come forward.

They are asking anyone with information contact the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.

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