Special education teacher accused of molesting 4-year-old, Sacramento County deputies say

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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Deputies said the suspect taught students at Roseville and Sacramento campuses.

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. — A special education teacher is behind bars and facing accusations of molesting a four-year-old child.

The arrest came after a woman called the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office on May 17 to report that her teenage daughter was sexually abused as a four-year-old by a man close to the family.

Deputies interviewed the mother, daughter and the suspect, 49-year-old Jason Prater. Deputies said he made some admissions and confirmed parts of the girl’s statement. 

He was arrested on suspicion of an oral sex act with a child age 10 or under and a lewd or lascivious act with a child under age 14.

Prater is in custody with a $2.1 million bail and is scheduled to appear in court on May 21. 

Prater was employed as an education specialist at the Roseville campus of the John Adams Academy and as a special education teacher at Options for Youth Charter School in Sacramento. Sgt. Amar Gandhi, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, said both schools have been very cooperative with law enforcement and their investigation.

Deputies also said Prater was martial arts instructor for children in the Roseville area, but it’s not clear if he was affiliated with any specific studio. 

Deputies are seeking help from the public to identify any other potential victims. The sheriff’s Child Abuse Bureau can be reached at 916-874-5191 and childabuse@sacsheriff.com

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.