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placeholder December 16, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA
Woman charged with sexual abuse

A part-time assistant in the afterschool program at All Saints School in Hayward has been charged with eight felony counts of lewd acts with a 14-year-old boy, according to Hayward police.

Mia Cummings, 29, was arrested Nov. 26 at the administrative office of the Hayward Unified School District, said Hayward Police Sgt. Ken Forkus. She was employed as a paraeducator, working with special needs students, he said.

Forkus said Dec. 9 the police have no indication that other children have been involved.

Cummings was booked on Nov. 26 at Hayward Police Department Jail, and charged on Dec. 2 at the Hayward Hall of Justice. She has been in custody at the Alameda County Jail in lieu of $800,000 bail.

A state-mandated reporter notified Hayward Police Nov. 18 of a possible child sexual abuse. The police investigation concluded the alleged victim, now age 14, had been in a sexual relationship with Cummings, since he was 12 years old.

Investigators allege some of the acts took place at the school. Police said the All Saints School administration has fully cooperated with the investigation.

Cummings, who has been employed at the school since September 2005, was placed on paid administrative leave, said Mike Brown, director of communications for the Diocese of Oakland. He said Cummings had been properly screened at the time of her employment.

All Saints School sent a letter home to parents, and conducted a meeting on campus for parents. Attendance in the afterschool program averages about 45 students; there are three employees.

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