UPDATE: Peoria teacher now accused of inappropriately touching 12 underage children

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Posted at 11:16 AM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 01:19:03-04

PEORIA, AZ — Further investigation into a Peoria teacher accused of molesting three students has revealed nine additional victims, according to court documents.

On May 14, Peoria police arrested 43-year-old Ricky Ordway after the principal of Sun Valley Elementary School called a week earlier to report a teacher had been accused of touching an 11-year-old student.

The investigation revealed three students accused the teacher of molesting them. He was arrested at the district office and initially charged with five counts of child molestation and one count of sexual abuse, all felonies.

Court records now show that a grand jury has indicted Ordway on 24 child sex crimes allegedly committed against a total of 12 victims, all under 15 years old. The alleged crimes occurred between August 2018 and May 31, 2019.

Ordway is facing six counts of child molestation, 15 counts of attempted child molestation, and three counts of sexual abuse.

His next court date is Monday, October 14.