Tucson teacher arrested in child-sex case

2014-02-12T08:45:00Z 2014-02-15T14:33:55Z Tucson teacher arrested in child-sex caseCarmen Duarte Arizona Daily Star

A 47-year old special education teacher faces sexual conduct charges for having a relationship with a relative who is a minor, police said.

Christine Mazzarella, a teacher at Lineweaver Elementary School, was arrested Wednesday at her home by detectives with the child sexual assault unit, said Sgt. Chris Widmer, a Tucson Police Department spokesman.

Mazzarella was booked into the Pima County jail on four counts of sexual conduct with a minor, said Widmer. 

Widmer said there is no indication that Mazzarella was involved in sexual misconduct at Lineweaver, 461 S. Bryant Ave. The school is in a neighborhood south of East Broadway and west of South Columbus Boulevard.

Tucson Unified School District spokeswoman, Cara Rene, could not be reached for comment Wednesday night.

Earlier this month, detectives received information that Mazzarella was having sexual relations with a child who is a relative, Widmer said.

Detectives said that Mazzarella had sexual contact with the child on multiple occasions in July 2013, said Widmer.

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