FAIRFIELD — A jury trial started Tuesday for a David A. Weir Elementary School substitute teacher accused of abusing four second-graders in his classroom in October 2012.
The teacher, Joe H. Yow, 53, of Suisun City, is represented by Fairfield attorney Vincent R. Maher.
The District Attorney’s Office has opted to have a volunteer who just became an attorney a few months ago handle the prosecution of the case. Yow has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor child abuse charges.
Yow is accused of grabbing the children by their necks and throats on Oct. 18, 2012, as a method of escorting them to class. The children, all 7 at the time of the incident, told their parents about Yow’s alleged actions and the parents in turn told Fairfield police, who arrested Yow at his home the next day.
Before jury selection started, Maher raised concerns that the six or seven young children who are expected to testify may lack the ability to perceive or recollect the events that occurred more than a year and a half ago.
Jury selection is set to continue when the trial resumes Wednesday in the courtroom of Judge Robert Bowers.
Yow has posted $3,000 bail to stay out of jail pending resolution of his case.
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