PHOENIX — A high school teacher was recently arrested by the Phoenix Police Department after the school learned about inappropriate interactions with a student.
Mountain Pointe High School's principal sent an email to families explaining that an investigation began after the inappropriate interactions were brought to school officials' attention.
The teacher has not been on the school's campus since April 7 and will not be returning to campus, according to the email. The school said detectives have not identified any additional victims.
"Please rest assured that the safety of our students is always our first priority. We take all allegations seriously and thoroughly investigate claims in collaboration with Phoenix PD," the email stated.
Court records identify the teacher as Mohamed El Nounw, whose facing multiple charges of sexual abuse.
A student recently told police they had been having a relationship with El Nounw that allegedly turned physical, court records show. The student alleged the relationship began after they shared their personal problems with El Nounw.
When the student attempted to end the relationship, they claim El Nounw became "jealous" and "aggressive" toward them, court records show.
The teacher was taken into police custody on April 7.
12 News reached El Nounw by phone, who referred us to his attorney for comment regarding the allegations.
Mountain Pointe students and a parent told 12 News they were all shocked El Nounw was accused of sexually abusing a student. They described El Nounw as popular among students and a good teacher.
This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News as more information becomes available.
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