Teacher pleads not guilty to charges he abused teenager at his Long Beach home

A high school teacher from Long Beach accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy could get 10 years in state prison if he’s convicted of the charges filed against him this week.

Prosecutors on Wednesday levied four felony counts against Andrew Bueno-Potts, 43, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

The charges include one count each of sodomy by intoxication, sodomy of a person under 18, sexual penetration by foreign object and intoxication, and sexual penetration by foreign object of a person under 18.

Bueno-Potts pleaded not guilty at his first court appearance Thursday, according to prosecutors.

Bueno-Potts is a teacher Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach, according to authorities.

The teenager he allegedly abused didn’t attend that school, but the two met at a school function, police said.

“The sexual assaults allegedly occurred at the defendant’s residence when he let the victim live with him between July and August 2017,” prosecutors said in a news release. Police said Bueno-Potts also abused the boy while they were in San Francisco together.

Police said Bueno-Potts gave the boy alcohol and alkyl nitrate, a chemical sometimes used as a euphoric inhalant, before abusing him.

Bueno-Potts lived a few blocks away from Wilson High School, according to the address listed for him in jail records.

Police arrested Bueno-Potts Tuesday and quickly released his mugshot, asking for anyone else he may have victimized to come forward.

Bueno-Potts is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to authorities.

Those who want to report an incident should contact Police Dispatch at 562-435-6711 or Child Abuse Detective Denise Green at 562-570-7321. Anonymous tips may be submitted through “LA Crime Stoppers” by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), downloading the “P3 Tips” app to your smart phone (available at the Apple App store and Google Play), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children, Paul and Simon.
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