DANVILLE – A 41-year-old man who works as a cheerleading coach and middle school teacher has been arrested on charges of molesting a teenage student and sending an obscene video, according to court records.
Nicholas Moseby, of Concord, was arrested this week on charges of lewd act against a 15-year-old girl, sending obscene material to a minor and unlawful communication with a minor. Contra Costa prosecutors expect to file felony charges against Moseby later this week.
Moseby was arrested after the alleged victim’s parents reported to police that he sent her a video of himself masturbating on Snapchat. The girl reportedly responded in shock and deleted her from her friends list. Police say the communication came days after Moseby added her as a friend and “apologized in advance” and sent a photo of her genitalia during a cheerleading practice.
In an interview, the girl told police Moseby touched her inappropriately during a workout, according to court records.
Moseby worked as a biology teacher at Diablo Vista Middle School in Danville and taught at San Ramon Valley High School in 2021, according to public records. Nor also worked as a cheerleading instructor at Cal Elites, a private youth cheerleading instructional organization that strives to provide a “positive outlook, safe instruction and fun experiences for athletes and parents,” according to its website.
Moseby was placed on leave after the arrest, according to an email to parents from the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. The email promises to provide an update when Moseby is charged.
“Student safety is always our top priority, and we will focus on helping students and families,” Illana Samuels, the school district’s director of communications, said in an email to this news organization.
A spokeswoman for Nor Cal Elites wrote in an email to parents that Moseby was fired immediately after the company learned of his arrest.
“We are shocked and appalled by the allegations and arrest of Nicholas Moseby. We will fully cooperate with law enforcement on this matter,” Donna Potter said in an email to this news organization. “We take this very seriously and upon learning of his arrest took swift and appropriate action to remove him from employment at our company. We do not tolerate inappropriate, unsafe or illegal behavior by our staff, especially when it comes to our students.”
Moseby is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail and has not yet been assigned an attorney, according to court records.
Police say Moseby has a prior arrest for furnishing alcohol to a minor in Arizona, which should have disqualified him from being a teacher, except he failed to appear on a background check. Investigators say Moseby was not fingerprinted after his 2009 arrest, which led to the incident not coming to light after school officials requested Moseby’s fingerprint work.
The earlier arrest stemmed from a New Year’s Eve party in Gilbert, Arizona, where Moseby allegedly bought alcohol at a Walmart from a 17-year-old girl who was friends with Moseby’s girlfriend at the time, an 18-year-old high school student. He went to the school where Moseby worked. The 17-year-old reported to police that Moseby’s roommate sexually assaulted her at the party after becoming intoxicated. Moseby, then 20, was never charged and denied the charges, court records show.
The latest allegations against Moseby arose on September 6, when the alleged victim’s parents called police to report the Snapchat video. The girl said Moseby sent her messages on Snapchat, followed by silly gym videos of them doing cheerleading practice. Later, he allegedly asked her for a picture in her pajamas, so she sent him a picture of her wearing a hoodie.
Presumably, “booty?” He replied with a message that said He interpreted that to mean he wanted a picture of her ass, which he would later tell the police. In the same interview, she told authorities that Moseby rubbed her butt for “about 60 seconds” during cheerleading practice. He said he cut off communication with her after receiving an obscene video.
Police served search warrants at Moseby’s home and seized a memory stick, cellphone, iPad and other electronic devices, court records say. The review of these items is still ongoing.
Authorities are still investigating the possibility of more victims. Anyone with information can contact Darryl Holcombe, Chief Inspector of the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office Internet Crimes Task Force, at firstname.lastname@example.org.