Clovis teacher accused of molestation is suspended

FRESNO, Calif.

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The Clovis Unified governing board met in a closed door session to punish /*Neng Yang*/ on the same day he faced a judge. The board suspended Yang without pay. He has thirty days to appeal or else he'll be fired.

Clovis Unified administrators say the case has been emotional for everyone in the district, but they're proud that teachers and students have been able to stay focused on learning.

"Really proud of the way the kids are staying focused and staff is kind of redirecting them," said Kelly Avants. "You know, in our room 12, we're here to talk about English. We're here to talk about spelling."

Hours before he lost his job, Yang pleaded not guilty to 45 counts of child molestation. He could face life in prison if convicted.

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