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TEACHER TO FACE CHILD-MOLESTATION CHARGES.

Byline: Dana Bartholomew Staff Writer

RESEDA - A Cleveland High School art teacher accused of molesting a student model turned himself in to authorities Tuesday, a city attorney's official said.

Officials said Christopher John Biron, 53, of Reseda was charged Monday with two counts of child annoying and molestation and of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

``Our office takes every case of sexual exploitation of children extremely seriously, whether it involves a teacher, a celebrity, or your neighbor,'' said Eric Moses, spokesman for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo.

Biron was freed Tuesday on $26,000 bail. Neither Biron nor his attorney could be reached for comment.

Moses said Biron, a 22-year school district employee, had hired the 10th- grade art student May 23, 2002, for $20 an hour to pose on numerous occasions - in his underwear.

On at least one occasion, Moses said, ``the defendant made inappropriate sexual advances toward the victim.''

A search warrant for Biron's classroom and apartment was obtained by the Los Angeles Police Department's Sexually Exploited Child Unit, which found a sketchbook of the youth, Moses said. Images of nude boys between 13 and 17 years old were also found on Biron's computer, officials said.

Biron is scheduled to be arraigned March 25 in Division 80 of Superior Court, officials said.

Authorities ask that anyone with more information call Detective Dale Barraclough at (213) 485-2883.
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