A former music teacher in Ocean City was arrested Sunday on charges of molesting a student, who he forced to perform a sex act on him as part of a “proper goodbye.”

Ricardo Valle, 34, was arrested in Seabrook, Texas, on charges of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old female student in the choir room at Ocean City High School in 2016, according to Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland.

Valle resigned from his position effective July 1, 2016, according to the Ocean City Board of Education meeting minutes of June 22, 2016. No reason was given for his resignation on the agenda, although investigators said in court documents that he told students he was resigning to pursue a master’s degree.

According to the criminal complaint, Valle approached the girl during an overnight class field trip to Washington in March…



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