PASADENA, Calif. -- An elementary school teacher faces charges of sexually abusing seven female students over more than a decade.
Wade Joseph Bughman, 41, is a sixth-grade teacher at Beardslee Elementary School in Duarte.
Bughman was charged last week in a felony complaint for an arrest warrant, according to the District Attorney's Office.
He is expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon in Pasadena, where prosecutors will recommend that bail be set at $2.1 million.
Bughman was arrested Thursday morning.
Bughman was charged with four counts each of continuous sexual abuse and lewd act upon a child, along with one count each of oral copulation of a person under 14, forcible rape and sexual penetration using a foreign object.
The alleged abuse took place between August 1997 and April of this year.
According to prosecutors, all of the victims were under age 14 at the time, and the youngest was a second-grader.
All were students at Beardslee Elementary, according to the District Attorney's Office.
If convicted as charged, Bughman could face multiple life prison terms.
Dean Conklin, Duarte Unified School District's Superintendent, issued this statement:
"The district is responding to this situation with the outmost concern and we're taking aggressive action to cooperate with authorities. The primary concern for all of us is to ensure a safe and secure environment for our children."
Teacher Accused of Sexually Abusing Students over a Decade
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