David Bruce Allegedly Molested at Least Two Students While an Anaheim Teacher: Police

David Bruce, first ballot inductee in Ugly Police Mugshot Hall of Fame
David Bruce, first ballot inductee in Ugly Police Mugshot Hall of Fame
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Anaheim Police are putting out the word for more alleged victims as a retired middle school drama teacher was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of molesting two students and possessing child pornography.

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David Bruce, 65, is out of custody after posting $100,000 bail, according to Anaheim Police Sgt. Daron Wyatt, who notes Sexual Assault Detail detectives had arrested the suspect during the service of a search warrant at his residence in unincorporated Anaheim.

Bruce currently faces two counts of child molestation and one of child pornography possession based on two victims who have been identified thus far, according to Wyatt, who adds both are now adults allegedly preyed upon while students at Sycamore Junior High School.

That's where Bruce was a drama teacher from October 1981 until his retirement in 2010. He continued as a substitute teacher through 2013. Indeed, we present this counter-argument to the allegations, from a certain Mr. Gustavo Arellano:

Mr. Bruce was a beloved teacher at Sycamore Jr. High when he taught while I was going in the early '90s. He taught me how to do nearly perfect calligraphy--or was it Mrs. Watson? Anyhoo, ask any Buccaneer who went there during the time, and they'd probably all say he never gave off any chester vibes. Now, some of the other teachers at the time...

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Anyone with information regarding the case or possible additional victims is asked to call Anaheim Police Detective Cashell at 714.765.1972. Anonymous tips may be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.847.6227 (855-TIP-OCCS), via occrimestoppers.org or by texting to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) from a cell phone. (All text messages should begin with the letters "OCCS".)

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!

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