September 18, 2008

Teacher James Hirleman arrested for alleged molestation

The Sacramento Bee

September 18, 2008

Rocklin police have announced the arrest of a veteran Roseville teacher for allegedly molesting a minor in 2001 and 2006.

James Albert Hirleman, 48, a seventh-grade teacher at George Buljan Middle School in Roseville, was taken into custody at his Roseville home late Wednesday night and booked on suspicion of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, the department reported today.

Police Lt. Lon Milka said the alleged crimes occurred at a residence and not at Hirleman's school. He said no other victims have been discovered.

Police were at Buljan Middle School on Thursday to examine computers that Hirleman had access to, said Richard Pierucci, superintendent of Roseville City School District.

Hirleman started working for the Roseville City School District 18 years ago as a teacher at Vencil Brown Elementary School. He most recently taught technology at Buljan Middle School, where he worked for the past 10 years, Pierucci said.

Rocklin police detectives made the arrest after investigating information provided from a previous arrest of another person in a local case, Milka said. The detectives pursued the case with the cooperation of Roseville police and the combined efforts of the Placer County Sheriff's Department, the Placer County District Attorney's Office and a county special investigation unit.

Hirleman was booked into the Placer County jail in Auburn and is being held on $100,000 bail, Milka said.

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