Joseph Michael Nardella

A teacher at Clement Middle School has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing a male student from when he was 12 until was 17.

Joseph Nardella, a 52-year-old resident of Highland, was arrested at 10:50 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, on charges continuous sexual abuse of minor under the age of 14. He was booked into custody at Central Detention Center in San Bernardino.

Bail was set at $350,000. The Redlands Unified School District has put Nardella on administrative leave.

The boy, now 18, was a student at Clement. After he came forward with the charges, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail investigated.

Nardella's booking photo is being released, as it is believed there may be additional victims.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Deputy Vanayes Quezada at (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may visit or call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463).

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