A California high school history teacher and wrestling coach has been placed on administrative leave after barging into a student’s home and assaulting him, leaving the 15-year-old with a broken nose.
Michael Ciccarelli, 45, a teacher at King City High School, was arrested Tuesday for breaking the boy’s nose on Nov. 21 after finding him in a “compromising position” with a 15-year-old female relative of Ciccarelli’s, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.
After noticing both teenagers were absent from wrestling practice, Ciccarelli arrived at the boy’s house and broke the door off the hinges to the boy’s bedroom.
“Ciccarelli punched John Doe with a closed fist several times in the face, and at one point kicked him in the face while he was on the ground,” according to a Sherriff’s Office release.
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Three weeks after the incident, Ciccarelli was arrested after being placed on administrative leave and a review of the report by the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.
“Anytime we get a report like this week need to do that [administrative leave] until we have all the facts of the case,” Daniel Moirao, the district state administrator said Wednesday.
“I hope by the time we get back [after winter break] this is all history,” he added.
Joseph Cisneros, Ciccarelli’s attorney and of the Biegel Law Firm in Monterey, said his client wants it to be known that they consider “the charges to be serious,” but believes “he will be vindicated under the class ‘defense of others.’”
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“He used such action to protect a family member.”
Ciccarelli is currently out of Monterey County Jail on bail.
Source: The Californian