JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville teacher accused of numerous charges of sexual battery on a child was given a total bond of $750,000.
Christopher Robert Bacca, 26, made his first appearance in court Wednesday morning for arraignment. He's accused of sexual battery on a victim less than 12. His next court date is August 15.
Bacca, a former teacher of the year, was first hired in August 2008 as a fourth grade teacher at Long Branch Elementary School.
He transferred to Windy Hill Elementary in January 2010, according to Duval County Public Schools spokesperson Jill Johnson.
Bacca also worked as a camp instructor at the Museum of Science & History, though he has not been employed there since June, according to Kristi Taylor, MOSH's communications manager.
Here is a letter, provided by Taylor, that was sent to parents of campers:
Dear MOSH Camp Parent,
We learned today about the arrest of a Duval County public school teacher. This teacher has served as a camp instructor at MOSH.
We are surprised and incredibly disappointed by the allegations reported. They are not consistent with the values we reflect as an organization or the strict screening requirements we hold for all employees and volunteers.
We want to make sure that you fully understand that the safety of our campers, employees, volunteers and visitors is our first priority. While we have not been advised of any issues involving our youth, we stand readily available to support all agencies conducting any investigation..
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