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Missouri teacher accused of molesting young boys

Kansas City-area elementary school teacher accused of molesting 4 boys in his classroom By The Associated Press

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. (AP) ' A popular suburban Kansas City elementary school teacher is accused of molesting four boys in his second-grade classroom, and police are looking for more possible victims.

Thirty-three-year-old Matthew J. Nelson has taught second- and third-graders at Grain Valley elementary schools for a decade and was honored in 2007 as the local "Teacher of the Year." He also was an assistant coach for boys and girls soccer teams.

Nelson was charged Wednesday with one count of first-degree molestation and three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy.

Jackson County prosecutors say Nelson sexually abused four boys, ranging in age from 7 to 9 years old, at Prairie Branch Elementary.

Prosecutors allege he fondled the children, usually during movie or quiet reading time.

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