NATIONAL CITY - National City police are investigating a teacher accused of inappropriately touching students in the classroom.
Francisca says her 8-year-old daughter was molested by a teacher at Palmer Way School in National City
"I was in shock," she said.
She says her daughter kept it a secret for months to protect her.
"I am a cancer survivor and it's been a rough three years," said Francisca. "She saw what I went through and she did not want it to cause me anything."
Another mother, Sabrina, says her 9-year-old daughter was molested by the same teacher.
"When they were sitting at the table reading, he took her hand under the table and put it on his genitals," she said.
10News is not revealing the teacher's identity because he has not been charged, but National City police confirm an active investigation is underway.
"My heart sank," said Sabrina. "That's my daughter."
The alleged incidents occurred in September. That is when the National School District confirms the teacher was put on paid administrative leave.
Sabrina says she just found out about it last week when investigators came to her home.
"All the effort that parents put into to try and protect their kids … you don't expect this to happen at school with people that you're trusting with their education and safety," she said.
Both mothers say they took their daughters to Rady Children's Hospital, where they were interviewed by therapists. They say their daughters are not alone.
"She witnessed one of them that it happened to… and the look on the little girl's face while she was at the table with the teacher," said Sabrina.
She says she is angry the school did not come clean sooner.
Police say they have forwarded the case to the District Attorney's Office but no criminal charges have been filed. The district says the teacher will remain on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.