Police arrested a 26-year-old Cupertino man Saturday following multiple reports that he allegedly molested children from an after-school Chinese language program in Mountain View.
Yizhuang "John" Liu, a board member and volunteer at the Sanyu Learning Center on Springer Road, was arrested on Feb. 3 on multiple molestation charges after police received reports that he had allegedly inappropriately touched at least two children attending the after-school program, according to Mountain View police.
Yizhuang “John” Liu
An initial investigation by police revealed that Liu also allegedly communicated with potential victims on Discord, an online social media application, said police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.
Mountain View officers arrested Liu early Saturday on charges that include six counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, as well as two counts of lewd acts with a child by use of force, which is a felony that carries up to a 10-year prison sentence.
Liu was also arrested on one count of continuous sexual assault over a period longer than three months, Nelson said. He was booked into Santa Clara County jail with a bail set at $1 million.
The Sanyu Learning Center serves more than 70 students from kindergarten through fifth grade, offering classes in Mandarin language, math, arts and culture, according to multiple school review websites. Liu served on the board of directors for the learning center in addition to being a volunteer, police said. Sanyu Learning Center staff are cooperating in the investigation.
Yesterday, the learning center sent out an email to parents informing them of the arrest, and encouraging them to talk to their children about potential interactions with Liu, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson. Police are still uncertain how many victims there are, and whether the crimes were committed on the school campus.
"We don't know the type of contact he had with the kids at the learning center, or if he was seeing them outside in the community somewhere or at another facility," Nelson said.
Mountain View Whisman School District officials are in contact with the police department regarding the investigation, but have no plans to notify district families, according to district spokeswoman Shelly Hausman.
Police are asking for the public's assistance in finding any additional victims, and are asking anyone with information to contact Det. Marco Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sgt. Chris Goff at email@example.com.