Former Bay Area teacher at Making Waves Academy faces 29 counts of molestation involving 7 minors, District Attorney says

RICHMOND, Calif. (KGO) – A former teacher in the East Bay is facing multiple charges of child molestation, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney.

Anessa Paige Gower was a biology teacher at Making Waves Academy in Richmond, where she allegedly engaged in numerous acts of a sexual nature with seven minors between 2021-2022, the DA’s office said.

Friday, the DA filed 29 counts against Gower following her April 6 arrest at Sacramento International Airport as she was returning to California from Hawaii.

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She is currently in custody in Richmond.

Because they are all underage, the victims’ identities are not being released.

“Investigators took statements from the victims and witnesses about a number of incidents involving sex acts with minors, inappropriate touching, and sharing sexually graphic photos over online platforms,” ​​the DA’s office said.

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