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Trial Underway For Accused Molesting Teacher

Daniel James Oberg, who formerly taught at Murrieta and Temecula schools, is accused of performing lewd acts on a child.

Trial Underway For Accused Molesting Teacher

Jury selection continued Wednesday for a former substitute teacher in Murrieta and Temecula accused of molestation.

Daniel James Oberg is charged with five counts of committing lewd acts on a child under 14, according to court records.

The day of his arrest, Oct. 8. 2009, Oberg, a then-Wildomar resident, was scheduled to work at a Temecula school, said Melanie Norton, spokesperson for the Temecula Valley Unified School District.

He had worked at six school sites, including high schools, middle schools and elementary schools, Norton said at the time.

Oberg also worked in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District, substitute teaching at schools that included Shivela Middle School.

At the time of Oberg's arrest, district spokesperson Karen Parris confirmed he'd worked three days since the start of the 2009-2010 school year, two of those days at Shivela.

The Temecula district took his name off its list of substitute teachers immediately after the arrest, Norton said. Parris also confirmed his name was removed from the Murrieta district's list following his arrest.

"He is no longer a substitue teacher in this district," Parris said at the time.

The incident had nothing to do with students in the Temecula or Murrieta districts, both districts confirmed. Sheriff’s officials declined to give any more information about the alleged crimes.

Oberg taught at six Temecula schools a total of 10 times before being arrested.

The school district does background checks on all its substitutes, according to Norton.

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