A man who currently lives in Texas has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a student in 2016 when he was a teacher at Ocean City High School.

Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey Sutherland and Ocean City Police Chief Jay Prettyman say 34-year-old Ricardo Valle, now of Seabrook, TX, was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault, one count of official misconduct, one count of endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of criminal sexual contact on February 27th.

The charges were the result of an investigation after it was reported that Valle allegedly sexually assaulted a student in 2016 while he was a teacher at Ocean City High School.

Notes from a meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education from June 22, 2016, show that they accepted Valle's resignation as a music teacher at the high school effective as of July 1, 2016.

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Valle was arrested by officers with the Seabrook, TX, Police Department and is currently being lodged at the Harris County Jail, pending extradition hearings.

Sutherland says this is an on-going investigation and he urges anyone who has additional information about this investigation to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 465-1135 or the Ocean City Police Department at (609) 525-9131. Anonymous information can also be supplied to law enforcement via the TIP411 service at cmcsheriff.net.

Charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proven guilty.

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