This afternoon, Mt. Diablo district Superintendent Steven Lawrence alerted the community to the arrest of Diablo Middle School teacher Andrew Bruce Cottrell.
Here is a link to Lawrence’s message: https://asp.schoolmessenger.com/m/?s=24H02iMKRrI
Later, the Walnut Creek Police Department released further details, reporting that Cottrell, a 41-year-old Walnut Creek resident, had confessed to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 and lewd acts with a victim who is 14 or 15 years old.
Here is a link to the Walnut Creek news advisory: https://local.nixle.com/alert/4762799/?sub_id=215768.
Please be aware that it includes explicit information about the sexual charges.
Cottrell’s bail was set at $975,000.
Police arrested Cottrell at noon, when students were on campus. After school, word was still spreading about the arrest.
“Right now, the kids are all kind of hyper,” said Melissa Kirmsse, parent faculty club treasurer, on Friday afternoon.
Kirmsse said she was saddened by the news and concerned about the victim.
“My heart goes out to the child that is brave enough to come forward,” she said. “I hope this is not going to lead to a Penn State situation, where more kids come forward.”
Anyone who might have other information is asked to contact Walnut Creek police at 925-943-5844.