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Former Flagstaff elementary school teacher Ted Komada has been charged formally with three counts of sexual assault, one count of molestation and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child. He is still awaiting trial in the Coconino County jail on a $25,000 bond.

Komada, who was a teacher and chess coach at Killip Elementary for 14 years, was arrested on Jan. 16 on suspicion of molesting two children. He resigned as a teacher the same day. According to police reports, Komada told a witness, whose name was redacted, that he never abused any of his students.

According to Flagstaff Unified School District, the district has made all of the 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 any campus or otherwise involved with the district.

Komada was named STEM teacher of the year by FUSD in 2016. The date of Komada’s next hearing has not yet been set.


Education/Business Reporter

Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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