After Bakersfield teen commits suicide, teacher arrested on sex charges

Police in Fresno County have arrested a substitute high school teacher on charges of sexual misconduct with students. The investigation began after one of his former students, living in Bakersfield, killed herself.
A suicide note left by a Bakersfield teen prompted an investigation that led to the arrest Wednesday of the girl’s former high school teacher. Police said the investigation led them to suspect the teacher had inappropriate relationships with several other students.

Eric Campos, a former substitute teacher and basketball coach, was arrested Wednesday after a four-month investigation, according to police in Coalinga, in Fresno County.

The girl lived and went to high school in Coalinga until she graduated from high school there. She moved to Bakersfield early this year, and took her own life in February. Her name was not disclosed by police. Coalinga is on Highway 33, west of Interstate 5, about 100 miles northwest of Bakersfield.

The young woman left a note that described a sexual relationship with Campos, said Coalinga Police Chief Calvin Minor. That note started an investigation that led detectives to other girls believed to have had inappropriate relationships with Campos.

A search of Campos’ home confirmed contact between the teacher and three students, he said. A sexually explicit photograph of Campos also was found, the chief said.

Campos is charged with multiple counts of annoying and molesting a minor, distributing harmful matter to a minor with the intent of seduction and having contact with a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense.
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