A 43-year-old Mesa charter school teacher was arrested Tuesday night on accusations he locked one of his students inside his classroom twice and molested her, police said.
Wade Gordon Oborn, a teacher at the Gold Campus of Life School College Preparatory, 2929 E. McKellips Road, is being held in Maricopa County’s Madison Street Jail in Phoenix without bail on suspicion of two counts of child molestation.
A 12-year-old girl told detectives the incidents happened between August 2002 and earlier this month while her classmates were at recess, Mesa police Sgt. Mike Goulet said.
Court records indicate that when Oborn was questioned he admitted his involvement and alluded that pornography had an impact on his behavior.
Oborn began working for Life School about two years ago after the standard fingerprinting and background checks were completed, said Reed McCormick, assistant director of Life School, which has 1,000 students among three campuses in Mesa and Gilbert.
Oborn was placed on paid administrative leave as soon as administrators learned of the Mesa police investigation, McCormick said. The school is cooperating with authorities in the investigation, he said, and declined to comment further.
Family members at Oborn’s home in Gilbert declined to comment.
Police say there is a possibility other victims exist and are urging parents of children who may have interacted with Oborn to call (480) 644-4062.