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Former Phoenix teacher arrested on sex conduct, child molestation charges

May 17, 2021, 5:01 PM | Updated: 11:27 pm
Aude Odeh (MCSO Photo)...
Aude Odeh (MCSO Photo)
(MCSO Photo)

PHOENIX — A former Phoenix high school English teacher who resigned from his position last month was arrested Thursday on child molestation charges, authorities said.

Aude Odeh, 35, was charged with one count of sexual conduct with a minor and two counts of child molestation, according to court documents.

Odeh engaged in sexual relations with a 17-year-old student at Barry Goldwater High School in June 2015, court documents say.

The victim added that she had heard that Odeh had sex with two other students, according to court documents.

The Deer Valley Unified School District Governing Board accepted Odeh’s resignation from Barry Goldwater High School on April 13.

Odeh, who had taught at the high school for six years and was with the district’s online program this school year, was placed on leave March 24 pending an investigation.

The district, which told KTAR News 92.3 FM at the time it had filed a police report, has a policy prohibiting employees from communicating online with students or engaging in “peer-like activity.”

The district took action after a 2017 Goldwater graduate posted a Twitter thread detailing her experiences and those of other female students, along with screenshots of messages.

The former student said she never took a class with Odeh but he started contacting her online when she was 16.

“I would honestly say that I’ve talked to close to 100 different women about their kind of questionable experiences with that teacher,” Colleen, who requested that her last name not be published, told KTAR News.

Bond for Odeh was set at $25,000 and a preliminary hearing will be held Friday.

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