Albany Teacher Accused Of 'Lewd Acts' An Apparent Suicide In San Lorenzo

Sheriff's Department says Albany Middle School 6th grade teacher James Izumizaki was found dead in his car along Via Alamitos. Albany School District put out a statement.


Albany Middle School 6th grade teacher James Izumizaki was found dead in his car today in the Via Alamitos area of San Lorenzo, an apparent suicide.

Izumizaki, 28, had been arrested last Wednesday in Albany under suspicion that he had had an inappropriate relationship with a former student.

Alameda County Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. James Nelson said Monday that officers received a call sometime after 10 am this morning from a member of the deceased man's family who found Izumizaki in his car.

Nelson said the death was an apparent suicide but offered no specifics about the means in deference to the feelings of the family.

Izumizaki had been scheduled to appear in court October 24. 

His arrest had shocked residents of Albany where the 28-year-old was a popular teacher.

The Albany Unified School District released a statement at 3:14 p.m. Monday confirming that sheriff's were investigating the death as an apparent suicide. 

"We have no other information at this time," the statement said, adding, "Students have not been informed by our staff.  We will inform the students Tuesday, October 2nd when mental health personnel will be available on site.”

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Thomas Clarke October 02, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Anyone who is trying to figure out what bullying is and whether it is a crime have the perfect model here. I sure hope that the Izumizaki family and friends band together to bring to account all of those haters out there that hounded this young man to death.
Ken Briggs October 02, 2012 at 12:38 AM
so what is the school going to do now .now that he ended his life how are the courts going to find out the truth and what realy happen at the time .
Thomas Clarke October 02, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Hopefully the school board will go after the bullies that hounded him to death. The courts will nt be hearing a criminal case unless the DA decides to grow a pair and prosecute the haters who are part and parcel of the problem.
Katrice October 02, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I'm sorry, I just don't understand on what part "bullying" had to do with this man's killing himself. I the allegation weren't true of his inappropriate relationship with a student, then by all means he should've fought to clear his name. However, his method of escaping trial speaks volumes of his guilt and didn't want to further shame his family over his inappropriate actions with the student. He took himself out of the "game" because he knew full well what he did was wrong. In my eyes, the only "bully" here was Mr. Izumiaki- taking advantage of the trust and admiration this child had for him. Very Jerry Sandusky like of him! #imo
Thomas Clarke October 02, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Katrice, of course you do not understand. You are the bully, whether the allegations were true or not, the constant stream of nasty rotten hateful statement was more than he could handle. Yes you have decided that he was guilty, without the trial. That is what lynching is about. You are as guilty as the killer. Think about it before you become so self righteous. You and the rest of your ilk should be ashamed of yourselves. For those of you still devoted to the idea that bullying is the same as assault, turn yourselves in, please. You are so wrong.
William Bonzo October 02, 2012 at 11:12 AM
I was a teacher, at Queen Lili'uokalani School in Honolulu, HI and quit teaching for just this reason; if ever accused of anything by anyone for any reason, you the teacher are guilty in public opinion until you prove yourself innocent. You can't discipline a child, you can't reward one, and not all for fear of retaliation. I could see it in advance, and quit before ever having to go through what Mr. "I" was going through. The thought of inappropriately touching my students was repugnant to me, yet all it would have taken to ruin me would have been one accusation. My thoughts are with the family of Mr. "I."
Ken Briggs October 02, 2012 at 12:19 PM
so he did himself in by the school ,he worked at so everyone to see , now lets find out what realy happen ,
Pat Davis October 02, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Hey Ken, He died on Via Alamitos in San Lorenzo. The school he worked in was in Albany...miles away. My comment is this: has anyone actually confirmed that a "lewd act" actually took place or was it just an allegation publicized before proven. In my very long life I have heard of many "cases" where imaginative young girls will say "someone tried to kidnap them"...and it turns out to be a hoax or someone wanting attention. I personally know of a 12 year old...years ago...who accused someone of "molesting her". It destroyed the accused and his family. After the damage was done, she confessed she made it up. Perhaps in Mr. Izumiaki's culture, death was a better choice than the dishonor it would bring on his family. If the accusation was not true, I would hate to have to live the rest of my life knowing my lie destroyed a popular teacher and his family. My heart goes out to both.
maggie burns October 03, 2012 at 01:05 PM
no offense mr. thomas Clarke,, but in my opinion your view is seriously skewed. the whole situation is a tragic one. let's not forget the effect on a young impressionable individual falling victim to the inappropriate advances of an popular coach and teacher. who knows what kind of long term emotional effects this may cause. i am sorry for all involved, the child victimized, all the students that enjoyed the teacher, his family and friends, and his coworkers. it seems understanding , listening and gentle guidance are called for at this time.
Ken Briggs October 03, 2012 at 01:42 PM
let it go , he did .himself in , so how does the one that cost all this feels now ?


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