Former El Cerrito teacher sentenced in incident with student
by Bruce Gerstman
Contra Costa Times
September 21, 2007
EL CERRITO -- A former El Cerrito private school teacher was sentenced today to 90 days in County Jail for misdemeanor assault and battery against a former student.
Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Leslie Landau sentenced Achi Ben Shalom, 53, to serve his jail sentence without the possibility of home detention.
A jury last month acquitted Ben Shalom of a felony charge of child molestation of a female student, but found him guilty of misdemeanor counts of assault and battery when he touched her.
Prosecutor Colleen Gleason said that the jury did not believe beyond a reasonable doubt that Ben Shalom had a sexual intent.
Landau also ruled that Ben Shalom must serve three years of county probation. He also cannot work as a teacher or in a position of trust with children and cannot possess pornography.