Citrus Heights police say they have identified seven different victims allegedly molested by Creative Frontiers School Principal Robert B. Adams over a 15-year span that ended as recently as June, and arrested him this morning on six felony counts and one misdemeanor.
Adams, 60, was arrested at his Folsom home at 7:10 a.m., Chief Christopher Boyd announced this morning, but Adams immediately complained of a "medical problem" and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Police would not discuss the nature of the health issue, but parents were posting on the school's Facebook page that he had suffered a heart attack.
"I don't know Mr. Adams' medical condition," Boyd said, adding that Adams is in custody at a hospital and that he will be booked on the charges when he is healthy.
The arrest comes six weeks after Citrus Heights and state officials shut down the 25-year-old school, which taught kindergarten through sixth-grade students.
Photo gallery: Allegations of molestation at Creative Frontiers School
Adams has denied wrongdoing, but police say once the school was shut down a myriad of alleged victims came forward with claims of molestation by Adams.
Boyd would not disclose any details about the alleged victims, but said that there are seven separate victims and that additional investigations are under way. Adams faces six felony counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 14, and one misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child under 18.
The criminal complaint filed in the case today includes allegations that Adams molested children ranging in age from 2 or 3 to 8 years old.
Two of the cases stem from interviews with teachers at Creative Frontiers, according to the complaint.
Bethany Soloman, a teacher at the school since 2004, told investigators she walked into Adams' office in 2006 or 2007 and saw him with a girl 2 to 3 years old sitting on his lap with his hand under her skirt, according to the complaint.
A second teacher, April Thompson , told investigators that in June she returned from lunch and found Adams in her preschool classroom with her students.
The children were napping at the time and she found Adams lying next to a 4-year-old girl with her shirt pulled up and Adams "rubbing her bare stomach near her breast line," the complaint says.
Other allegations include a 7-year-old summer school student claiming "Mr. Bob pulled her onto his lap and proceeded to touch her breasts under her shirt," and other students making similar accusations.
His attorney, Linda Parisi, did not respond to a message left shortly after Adams was arrested.
The school remains closed. Adams has told city officials that he sold the school to a man engaged to marry one of his daughters and that he is no longer affiliated with the campus.
Boyd said Adams had been cooperative in the investigation and the efforts to reopen the school, including discussions as recently as Tuesday.
But Citrus Heights has not lifted the suspension of the school's business license and the campus remained deserted this morning. At the front of the campus on a white rail fence numerous hand-painted signs remain declaring support for "Mr. Bob" and denouncing "false allegations."
The police department had come under criticism from some parents over the way in which it abruptly shut down the school and the subsequent passage of time before charges were filed.
Boyd defended his department today, saying it was dealing with a "highly unusual case."
"We took the time that was necessary to find the facts and the truth," he said.
Video and photo caption: (top) News conference video by Jose Luis Villegas. (bottom) Robert Adams and his attorney Linda Parisi, right, arrive at a press conference on July 20, 2011. Photo by Paul Kitagaki Jr.