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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Police Arrest Marina Middle School Volleyball Coach on Child Molestation Charges

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 12:07 PM

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Marina Middle School teacher and volleyball coach Stephen Pedersen, 45, surrendered to police yesterday after a $1 million warrant was issued for his arrest for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old female student, according to police.

Pedersen, a San Francisco resident and teacher at the middle school in the San Francisco Unified School District for nine years, has been charged with three counts of lewd or lascivious acts and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, according to police. The school district notified the police department about Pedersen's alleged conduct when they discovered the "inappropriate relationship" he had with the student.

According to a press release, the Juvenile Division's Special Victims Unit initiated an investigation immediately after receiving the tip.

Incidentally, Pedersen garnered 3.9 stars out of a possible 5 on the Web site Rate My Teachers (there were 20 reviews). In light of Pedersen's arrest, however, this October 2007 review raised eyebrows: "eww pedersen??! ask some girls and they'll tell you wat (sic) they REALLY think of him....shudders."

The police request anyone who may have been a victim of Pedersen to contact Inspector Liane Corrales of the Juvenile Division at 558-5529. 

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