PLEASANTON -- A 63-year-old man previously imprisoned for possessing child pornography has been arrested on charges of molesting a boy more than a decade ago in a classroom at the Fremont elementary school where he once taught, authorities said Tuesday.
The arrest of Michael Schoop on June 12 in Pleasanton is the second time in a dozen years he has been arrested on child molestation charges.
In the latest case, Schoop is accused of abusing a boy in a portable classroom at Mission Valley Elementary School between January 1998 and December 1999, according to investigators. Schoop taught special needs students at the Fremont school for about 25 years.
He is charged with four counts of sodomy on a boy younger than 14. A judge on Tuesday denied a motion to reduce Schoop's bail from $410,000. He remains in custody at Santa Rita Jail.
It was not known Tuesday who was serving as Schoop's attorney.
Schoop was arrested in 2001 after a 45-year-old man told police that Schoop had molested him from 1967 to 1971. Those charges were later dropped. In a plea deal, Schoop was sentenced to prison for a year and a day for possessing child pornography.
Schoop's teaching credential was revoked in December 2003, shortly after he accepted the plea deal, according to the state's Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
His lawyer at the time, Bruce Nickerson, denied the molestation allegations, saying that "Mr. Schoop doesn't have that built into his genes at all. There is not a shred of evidence that he has any sexual interest in children."
Outside of court, Schoop had said the images were automatically downloaded to his computer during a search for asparagus recipes -- a vegetable name that is apparently synonymous with boys' private parts, a judge said at the time.
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