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Former OC teacher arrested on molestation charges

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Newport Beach police say they've arrested a former teacher on charges that he molested two female students and possessed child pornography.

Spokeswoman Kathy Lowe says 50-year-old Alex Bassinne was arrested Thursday and posted $100,000 bail.

Bassinne is accused of touching the buttocks of a 15-year-old girl in February, 2009. He is also accused of looking down the shirt of a 13-year-old girl in November of 2010, and of having child pornography in his home.

Lowe says Bassinne was a teacher at Santa Ana High School and Raymond Villa Fundamental Intermediate School at the time of the incidents.

If convicted, he faces a maximum of more than nine years in prison.

Bassinne is due for arraignment June 15.

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