A Flagstaff elementary school teacher arrested on suspicion of child molestation repeatedly abused two young children for over a year, according to interviews with the victims disclosed by Flagstaff Police.
Killip Elementary School teacher and chess coach Ted Komada, 37, was arrested by Flagstaff Police over the weekend on suspicion of sexual abuse of a minor, according to the Flagstaff Police Department. He resigned Tuesday.
The two victims were examined and interviewed by officials at the Flagstaff Medical Safe Child Center. One of the children examined had injuries consistent with rape, and both victims told officials that Komada would frequently ask the children to perform sexual acts on him, according to the Flagstaff Police report.
Komada was caught molesting one of the victims by an adult, who called the police.
Flagstaff Police also collected multiple pieces of evidence containing Komada's DNA.
The teacher said that he had never molested any of his students, according to a witness whose name was redacted on the police report.
He admitted to police that he had committed some sexual acts with the children, but denied other claims by the victims, according to the police report.
When police arrived to arrest Komada on Sunday he said that “I am disappointed in myself and the situation. My life is over.”
Komada resigned his teaching position via email before the start of classes Tuesday. The school district has made all required reports about the arrest and resignation to the Arizona Department of Education, and has taken steps to ensure that Komada is no longer allowed on campus or otherwise involved with the District, according to a statement by Flagstaff Unified School District.
He is currently being held in Coconino County Jail on $25,000 bond.
Komada taught at Killip for 14 years and was named STEM teacher of the year in 2016.