Trinity County teacher arrested for molestation of students


    TRINITY CENTER, Calif. - A teacher at a Trinity County elementary school has been arrested on several counts of child molestation. Investigators believe there may be more victims.

    David Frederick, a teacher at Coffee Creek Elementary School in Trinity Center, was taken into custody on Thursday.

    According to a news release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, the investigation spanned several California counties and across state lines. Numerous victims in several jurisdictions were discovered and interviewed.

    During an interview with Frederick, he reportedly admitted to having had inappropriate relationships, some of which had been sexual in nature, with various underage students during his more than 20 years of working as a teacher.

    Investigators said Frederick had been a teacher at various locations in California, most of which had been outside of Trinity County. Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation, authorities did not release information about the victims.

    Several victims have been identified, but investigators believe there may be more victims who have yet to come forward. Deputies arrested Frederick as soon as they established probable cause.

    The charges against Frederick include lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old and lewd and lascivious acts with a child 14-15 years old; suspect more than 10 years older.

    The Trinity County Sheriff's Office requests that anyone with information regarding victims contact Detective Josh Ford at (530) 623-8106 or email him at

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