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James Izumizaki (KGO-TV)

ALBANY -- A 28-year-old middle school teacher who was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of performing a lewd act with a child under 14 has been released from jail free of charges.

Alameda County Sheriff's deputies arrested James Izumizaki, 28, at his Albany home about 7 a.m. Wednesday and he was taken to Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where he was held on $100,000 bail. He posted bail and was released, authorities said.

Albany police continue to investigate allegations that Izumizaki had an inappropriate relationship with a female former student. The Alameda County District Attorney's office had until Friday to file charges, but didn't. The case could be presented again in October, a spokeswoman said.

Izumikzaki, a sixth-grade teacher, did not answer an email request for comment.

Izumizaki, who is on administrative leave, has been a teacher and coach at Albany Middle School for five years and was active in student leadership and as a coordinator in the athletic department, where he coached a volleyball and a basketball team, district officials said. Police did not disclose when or where the alleged incident occurred. The girl is no longer at the school; her age was not released.

The alleged incident came to the attention of authorities through a parent who told district officials.

Starting Monday, the school will redistribute Izumizaki's students among the other nine other sixth-grade classrooms with no more than 31 student per class.


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Albany police said anyone who has information about Izumizaki or any other inappropriate conduct that may have occurred to contact them at 510-528-5783.

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