Retired Teacher Arrested For Allegedly Assaulting A Child

( A retired middle school teacher from Sunnyvale, California was arrested last week in connection to a sexual assault of a student that occurred more than a decade ago.

According to the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, authorities arrested Anthony James Phillips, 61, for the alleged sexual assault of a student who attended Cupertino Middle School in 2009 when Phillips was teaching there.

In a press conference last Tuesday, SDPS Captain Craig Anderson said the victim in the 2009 assault only reported the incident the week before and Phillips has confessed to the allegations against him. According to Anderson, given the “very deliberate and almost brazen actions” committed by Phillips at the time, the Department suspects that there may be other victims who have yet to come forward.

Phillips was booked into the main jail in Santa Clara County on charges stemming from the 2009 incident, including aggravated sexual assault of a child and forcible penetration with a foreign object. On Tuesday, he was transferred to the Elmwood facility on $500,000 bail.

Phillips, who retired from teaching three years ago, had recently been volunteering as a softball and basketball coach at Sunnyvale’s Fremont High School. The Cupertino Union School District also confirmed that the retired teacher was recently working as a substitute teacher in the district, but is currently not employed with the district.

The Cupertino Union School District and Fremont Union High School have said they are cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation.

According to Fremont Union Principal Bryan Emmert, before Phillips was permitted to work as a volunteer coach with the high school, he had to undergo a complete criminal background check. Emmert notified parents last week that Phillips will no longer be coaching, nor will he be permitted on campus.

As of last Tuesday, Phillips had not been formally charged and there was no record of an attorney assigned to the case.