An anti-gay activist and donor to California’s Proposition 8, 52-year-old Hesse was a teacher at the Morongo Unified School District who was recently teaching first grade at the Friendly Hills Elementary School.
According to KTLA, the incidents occurred mostly during Hesse’s overnight volunteer trips with the church. Hesse allegedly met many of his underage victims during these outings. Authorities believe the most recent crimes occurred as early as last week.
Held on a $2.5 million bail, Hesse has been charged with four felony counts of lewd acts with a child and was due in San Bernardino Superior Court on August 20.
Originally admitting to inappropriate contact with minors on August 17, Hesse later retracted his confession during his August 21 arraignment, pleading “not guilty.”
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is asking any individual capable of providing further information on possible victims to call (909) 387-3615