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News Release

Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Media Relations

Cleveland High School Art Teacher Arrested After Sketching His Student, Dressed in Only Underwear


"Cleveland High School Art Teacher Arrested After Sketching His Student, Dressed In Only Underwear"

 

Los Angeles: On Tuesday, March 4, 2003, detectives assigned to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Sexually Exploited Child Unit, arrested and booked Christopher Biron, a 53 year-old, male for Penal Code Section 647.6 (A) (Child Annoying) and Penal Code Section 272 (Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor). Biron is an art teacher at Cleveland High School and 20-year employee of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

According to the victim, a 10th grade Cleveland High School Art Student, in May 2002, he responded to a request from Biron to pose alone for him after school in a classroom. In return for the student posing in only his underwear, Biron paid the student $20.00 per hour. Following the initial disclosure by the victim, Los Angeles Unified School District officials placed Biron in a clerical capacity, pending completion of the criminal investigation.

Detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Sexually Exploited Child Unit conducted an investigation. Based on the results of the investigation, a search warrant was secured. Detectives searched and seized evidence at Biron’s apartment; evidence reflecting a sexual interest in young boys the age of the students in Biron’s class.

Based on the evidence seized, an arrest warrant was issued for Biron’s arrest.

It is believed that there may be additional victims. For this reason, a photograph of Biron is available for the media at Media Relations Section.

Anyone who has information that could lead to additional victims is urged to contact the Sexually Exploited Child Unit at 213-485-2883. On weekends and during off-hours, please contact the 24-hour toll free number at Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL, (1-877-529-3855).

This press release was prepared by Officer Renee Montoya, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.