A Ramona teacher's aide has been accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy living at a Chula Vista facility for behavioral issues. Ramona HS Principal Tony Newman, Neighbor Lisa Miscione and Chula Vista Lt. Gary Wedge speak with NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales.
A Ramona High School teacher's aide is scheduled to appear in court Thursday on charges of child molestation.
Robert Buechner, 69, was arrested at the high school Thursday during lunch and booked into jail on multiple counts on child molest according to Chula Vista police.
The acts occurred over several months at various locations, including in Buechner’s home, police said.
The victim is a 15 year-old boy living at a facility for behavioral issues. He did not attend Ramona High, and police do not believe any other students at the school were involved. The victim met Buechner through a family member, police said.
According to Lt. Gary Wedge, a staff member reported something suspicious between Buechner and the alleged victim.
"She did see some behavior that made her uncomfortable and it was reported ultimately to us," Wedge said.
Buechner's neighbor Lisa Miscione could not believe the news.
"He dresses up as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus every year. He's great with the kids. He's just a super guy," Miscione said.
The defendant worked at the high school as a special education teacher's aide for the last seven years according to Principal Tony Newman.
"He was a well-liked part of our team. He worked well with the students and worked well with the teachers in the classrooms he was assigned to and was a good employee for our school," Newman said.
The Ramona Superintendent's office told us that they are not reacting to the incident since it did not involve any students. They said there were no reported incidents with him.
Even though no Ramona HS students were involved in the allegations, the school still sent an email to teachers and parents explaining what happened.
"Also reassuring them that our values here are to keep our students safe and that as a result we need to continue to be vigilant in keeping lines of communication open with adults that they trust," Newman said.
Buechner's bail is set at $100,000. He will be arraigned Thursday in South Bay Court.