A former teacher at Dehesa Elementary School in Crest was taken into custody Thursday at his San Diego home  on suspicion of molesting several children over a decade.

Robert Noel Anderson, 58, is alleged to have abused the victims while teaching the fourth and sixth grades, according to spokeswoman Jan Caldwell of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

She said that multiple cases were reported to the Sheriff’s Department dating to between 2003 and 2013. The incidents were investigated by the sheriff’s department’s Child Abuse Unit.

A criminal complaint charging Anderson with eight counts of child molestation and a warrant for his arrest were issued Wednesday, and he was arrested by members of the county’s Fugitive Task Force at his home in Allied Gardens shortly after 6:30 a.m., according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Anderson was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14, according to sheriff’s officials and jail records. He is expected in court for an arraignment in El Cajon at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Anyone with more information about the case or concerns about other victims was asked to call the sheriff’s department’s Child Abuse Unit at (858) 974-2310 or (858) 565-5200, or to contact San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

 – City News Service