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Thomas Weaver, Phoenix Teacher, Accused of Feeling Up Students

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A teacher with the Scottsdale Unified School District was arrested yesterday after two 12-year-old girls accused him of grabbing their breasts.

The two girls, who police say are best friends, say the alleged gropings happened while the two were in the school's library with 60-year-old Thomas Weaver, their teacher at the Arcadia Learning Center.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, on October 31, the girls say Weaver approached them in the library and told one of them he liked her necklace. He then grabbed it -- before copping a quick (five-second) feel.

He then told the other girl he liked her necklace, too. According to the girl, Weaver then grabbed her breast, too -- this boob-grab lasted about 30 seconds.

Both girls say a similar incident happened at the beginning of the school year.

The girls told police that Weaver grabbed a cell phone out of one of the girls' back pocket. She says it seemed at the time like he was feeling her up and that it took him "longer than necessary" to remove the phone.

The girls say they always feel uncomfortable around Weaver because he's "always asking for hugs," and that he looks at them "in a way that a teacher shouldn't look at a student."

As for any evidence other than the girls' word against Weaver's, there doesn't appear to be any -- Phoenix Sergeant Steve Martos didn't immediately respond to an email asking whether these girls had any reason to make up a story about Weaver.

Weaver was booked on two counts of sexual abuse, and one count of aggravated assault on a minor. He's being held on $25,000 bond.

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