May 13, 2015 3:20 PM by News Staff
A former Oroville teachers' aide has been convicted on nine counts of child molestation that occurred at a local elementary school.
Youlee Lee Vang, 55, formerly of Oroville, was arrested in Alaska in early 2013 after sheriff's detectives learned he molested four children while working as a para-educator with Hmong students at Poplar Avenue School in Oroville.
The investigation began in 2011 when a former student told Butte County Sheriff's Deputies Vang repeatedly molested her over a two year period in a classroom on the Poplar Campus.
The sheriff's office uncovered three additional victims who attended Poplar between 2005 and 2009. The victims told authorities those molestations also happened on school grounds, with the exception of one incident that was at a private home.
Vang left his job with the Thermalito Union School District and moved to Alaska in 2010, where he didn't hold a position that put him around children. A detective from the Sheriff's Office traveled to Alaska in early 2013 to interview Vang, and then arrested him.
Vang's trial began May 4 and after testimony from the victims and several former and current employees of the Thermalito Union School District Vang was convicted.
Vang will be sentenced August 13 and faces 24 years in state prison and will be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.