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Former Bay Area teacher at Making Waves Academy faces 29 counts of assault involving 7 minors, district attorney says

RICHMOND, Calif. (KGO) — A former East Bay teacher is facing multiple child molestation charges, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney.

Anessa Paige Gower was a biology professor at Making Waves Academy in Richmond, where she allegedly committed numerous acts of a sexual nature with seven minors between 2021 and 2022, the prosecutor’s office said.

On Friday, the DA filed 29 charges against Gower after she was arrested April 6 at Sacramento International Airport while returning from Hawaii to California.

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She is currently being held in Richmond.

Because they are all minors, the identity of the victims is not revealed.

“Investigators have taken statements from victims and witnesses about a number of incidents involving sexual acts with minors, inappropriate touching, and the sharing of sexual photos on online platforms,” ​​the office said. prosecutor.

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