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QUESTION: About four years ago, a teacher at Buljan Middle School in Roseville was charged with sexually molesting a boy who was one of his students. What became of the case?
Submitted by: Curious Reader, South Natomas
ANSWER: James Albert Hirleman, a seventh-grade teacher at George Buljan Middle School in Roseville, was arrested by Rocklin police in September 2008, accused of molesting a minor.
Hirleman was sentenced to 10 years in prison in January 2009 after pleading no contest to four counts of illegal sexual acts with two former male students. The second victim came forward following media accounts of Hirleman's arrest.
According to stories in The Bee, Rocklin police detectives were investigating another case when they received information about Hirleman, who had taught in the Roseville City School District for 18 years.
Hirleman, 53, is serving time at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran.
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