Starting last fall, police began investigating Lesher Center employee 27-year-old Jason Pedroza after reports of alleged child sexual abuse. The alleged abuse which eventually led to his firing and arrest is now at the center of a Walnut Creek investigation of other city employees who may have known about it but failed to report it to Walnut Creek police. Below is a timeline of events: June 2010 -- Jason Pedroza becomes a part-time Walnut Creek city employee Nov. 3, 2012 -- Danville police get a report of inappropriate contact Pedroza allegedly had with a minor he met through the Lesher Center Nov. 3, 2012 -- Pedroza is fired from The Ballet School in Walnut Creek and Contra Costa Musical Theatre Company Nov. 8, 2012 -- Lesher Center Manager Scott Denison fires Pedroza Sometime between Nov. 3 and 8, Assistant Arts, Recreation and Community Services Director tells Human Resources Director Sally Rice of the allegations against Pedroza and sends her a memo. Nov. 9, 2012 -- A second victim reports more serious sexual misconduct allegations against Pedroza. Pleasant Hill police begin an investigation December 2012 -- Pleasant Hill police tell Walnut Creek Police of their investigation into Pedroza, and that crimes may have taken place in Walnut Creek Feb. 20 -- Two misdemeanor and two felony charges filed against Pedroza Feb. 22 -- Pedroza turns himself into police and is arrested March 4 -- Walnut Creek police begin investigation into city employees' knowledge of alleged sexual abuse March 15 -- Police investigation finished, memo detailing what they found sent to Police Chief Joel Bryden. March 21 -- Walnut Creek police file criminal investigation of city employees with Contra Costa District Attorney's Office March 22 -- Four Walnut Creek employees placed on paid administrative leave.
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