DANVILLE – Contra Costa prosecutors have announced they have filed three charges against a Concord man who worked as a Danville teacher and cheerleading coach after he allegedly identified two students as victims.
Nicholas Moseby, 41, was charged with molesting two girls aged 14 and 15 and sending obscene material to one of them. He remains in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail, court records show.
Moseby was arrested earlier this week after one of the girls reported sending her a video of himself masturbating after adding her on Snapchat. During a police interrogation, she told an investigator that he had touched her inappropriately during a cheerleading session, authorities say.
The second alleged victim was identified after reports of Moseby’s arrest were made public. Police have said he coached her, but have not yet revealed whether she was a cheerleading student or attended a school where he taught.
Moseby’s stepmother, Elizabeth Moseby, said in an email to this newspaper that she believes her son is the victim of a “vendetta” “fueled by racial hatred” in the Danville school district where he taught. She said students were punished last year for threatening Moseby and that at least one of the threats included a racist statement.
“In the meantime, Nicholas had been accepted into Diablo Valley Middle School and has been VERY busy teaching, attending night school and working with the NorCal Cheer Squad, as well as spending time with his partner and their five dogs,” said Elizabeth Moseby. “He likes to cook tomahawk steaks, barbecue and gumbo — all of which are very time-consuming.”
Nicholas Moseby worked at Diablo Vista Middle School as a biology teacher, but occasionally substituted as a physical education coach, police said. He also worked for Nor Cal Elites, a private youth cheerleading organization. Last year he worked as a teacher at San Ramon Valley High, also in Danville.
After his arrest, Nor Cal Elites fired him and the San Ramon Valley Unified School District placed him on furlough, spokeswomen for both the district and the company told the news organization. The district communications director said in an email that “student safety is always our top priority” and that parents were warned after the arrest.
“We are shocked and appalled by the charges and arrest of Nicholas Moseby. We have and will fully cooperate with law enforcement regarding this matter,” said Donna Potter, a spokeswoman for Nor Cal Elites, in an email to this news organization. “We take this very seriously and as soon as we hear of his arrest, We have taken prompt and appropriate action to release him from employment with our company We will not tolerate inappropriate, unsafe or illegal behavior from our employees, especially our students.”
Moseby was arrested in 2009 for allegedly supplying alcohol to a minor in Gilbert, Arizona, but was never charged, according to court records. The arrest is said to have disqualified him from teaching but did not appear on his background report when he applied for his teaching job because Gilbert’s police never fingerprinted him, according to authorities. Gilbert Police did not respond to emails asking for comment.
The earlier arrest was the result of a New Year’s Eve party in Gilbert, Arizona, where Moseby allegedly bought alcohol at a Walmart for a 17-year-old girl who was then friends with Moseby’s girlfriend, an 18-year-old high school student who attended the school where Mosby attended. worked. The 17-year-old reported to police that Moseby’s roommate had sexually assaulted her at the party after she got drunk. Moseby, then in his late 20s, was never charged and denied the charges, court records show.
The recent allegations against Moseby arose on September 6, when the alleged victim’s parents called police to report the Snapchat video. The girl said Moseby sent her messages on Snapchat, followed by innocuous videos of the gym cheerleading. Later, he allegedly asked her for pictures of himself in pajamas, so she sent him a picture of herself wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
He reportedly responded with a message that read “loot?” She interpreted that to mean he wanted a picture of her ass, she would later tell the police. During the same interview, she told authorities that Moseby rubbed her butt for “about 60 seconds” during a cheerleading drill. She said she cut off communication with him after receiving the lewd video and deleting it. Researchers say they found a video matching her description on Moseby’s Snapchat account.
Moseby will be arraigned Monday afternoon at the AF Bray Courthouse in Martinez.
Authorities are still investigating whether there are any more victims. Anyone with information should contact Darryl Holcombe, Senior Inspector with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, at [email protected] or 925-957-2200.
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