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Sylvandale Middle School aide Junior Bitao facing sexual abuse charges

Junior Labsan Bitao, a teacher's aide at the San Jose Sylvandale Middle School, is facing sexual abuse charges following his arrest for the alleged sexual molestation of two boys. San Jose Police identify the two students as 13 and 15 years of age. The SJPD report states that Bitao was arrested for "touching a person intimately against their will for sexual arousal."

According to the San Jose Mercury News, citing an arrest complaint, "Bitao is suspected of hugging the victims' so tightly they could feel his genitals and holding his hand on top of their clothing for more than a few seconds after slapping their buttocks."

Junior Labsan Bitao's LinkedIn profile states that he graduated from the University of Northern Philippines in 1996 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Teaching. It also states that he was hired as a teacher's aide in September 2018 at Sylvandale Middle School in San Jose.

Sylvandale Middle School serves 7th-8th-grade students and is part of Franklin-Mckinley School District. His profile on Franklin-Mckinley School District website states that he was a Library media assistant at Sylvandale Middle School and is quoted as saying about students, "I would like them to feel safe in the library."

Just a few months before the start of the 2018-2019 school year, a Sylvandale Middle School publication wrote: 'Mr. Bitao has been on the support-staff at Sylvandale for 12 years, but this is his first time as a library tech. He started in the teaching profession in the late '90s after graduating from college in the Philippines. Mr. Bitao enjoys watching TV, eating, and going out with his family. He has two beautiful girls and feels very contented with his life thus far."

School staff reported the crimes, which allegedly occurred between April 17th and May 1st, to police on May 30th, 4-6 weeks after the crimes occurred.

The law concerning teacher's aides

When it comes to teacher's aides, the law says that they must be supervised and watched at all times.  For schools and daycare centers that have not adhered to the law, they have paid the price.

In a lawsuit against Child Development Centers, Inc., it was alleged that the state's largest child care facility failed to supervise teacher's aide Keith Woodhouse as required by the law. The case against CDI was settled during trial.

In a case involving the now-defunct Spark Charter School in Sunnyvale, the law firm successfully settled a lawsuit over a playground aide left unattended, which allowed for the sexual abuse of an 8-year-old student.

In May 2014, a sexual abuse lawsuit was filed against the YMCA of Silicon Valley over a teacher's aide being left unattended with children. The lawsuit was settled during trial.

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