Former Student Testifies Teacher from Monrovia Molested Her

Testimony continued Thursday in the trial of Wade Bughman, a Monrovia man accused of molesting and sexually assaulting seven different students while teaching at a Duarte elementary school.

A former student of a Monrovia man accused of molesting and sexually assaulting his Duarte elementary school students testified Thursday that the teacher touched her inappropriately and made her afraid to go to school.

Wade Joseph Bughman was arrested in 2010 for allegedly molesting and sexually abusing seven students when he taught at Beardslee Elementary school between 1997 and 2010. He is charged with 11 counts of molestation and rape in a trial that began Tuesday.

A former student of Bughman, identified in court by only her first name and last initial, told prosecutor Debra Archuleta Thursday that her former sixth grade teacher touched her inappropriately multiple times in 2009 and 2010. She said she got "fed up" with "being afraid to go to school" because of Bughman's inappropriate behavior.

The student said she didn't tell anyone about Bughman's behavior until after he was removed from the school because she didn't think others would believe her.

"Since I told my friend and she didn't believe me I felt like no one would believe me," she said.

The girl testified that Bughman's inapproriate touching was so common that students would call out a code word--"grape" (a variation of "rape")--when Bughman would touch them to get other students to notice.

Bughman's attorney, Leonard Levine, challenged the girl's recollection of the events and objected to her repeated need to review preliminary hearing transcripts to refresh her memory about the various molestation allegations.

"It is our postion, obviously, that the witness changes her version of the events every time it's been told," Levine told Superior Court Judge Dorothy Shubin outside the presence of the jury.

Bughman's alleged misconduct was first reported in a school questionairre by a student in April 2010. He was placed on leave by the Duarte Unified School District and arrested in in June 2010 after several students accused him of molesting them.

Testimony will resume Friday morning at 10:30 a.m.

Patched in October 20, 2012 at 12:59 AM
This guy's an Obvious Psycho and need's to be Incarcerated in General Population for everyone's saftey.
Marg October 21, 2012 at 12:38 AM
How could this go on for years and no one notice? Surely some of the teachers at that school have some kind of clue there was a pervert among them! What an embarrassment to the community and his family must be heartsick.
uaren8 October 21, 2012 at 05:01 PM
The big imbarrasment to the community is that so many have convicted this guy before he has had his day in court. I find it hard to digest that all of his students were aware of his inappropriate behavior yet not one of them mentioned it to another teacher or their parents in 12 years??? I do not know if he is guilty or not but that should be left to the jury who hears all of the facts and can make an informed decision. Ignorant comments on these forums just make all of us in this community look bad.
Marg October 21, 2012 at 06:53 PM
So does poor spelling.
VIcki Kepnes November 11, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Think that everyone needs to realize that this man has waited patiently for over two years for his chance to have his say. So far everyone wants to believe what these children are saying and must realize that they keep changing their stories. Keep an open mind as this mans life hangs in the balance and if in fact these children have been influenced by outsiders and are not telling the truth,he may never have the life he had two years ago. Let's let the truth come out!!! I believe that he is a good person who truly loved his students and something happened to change that in someone's mind.


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