David Michael Bruce, 68, a retired Sycamore Junior High School drama teacher who was on trial for allegedly molesting five of his students, apparently took his own life as his attorney and a prosecutor were preparing to begin closing arguments Wednesday morning, according to the O.C. Register.
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE
Case # 15NF2656
Date: October 2, 2015
FULLERTON, Calif. – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a junior high school drama teacher charged with sexually assaulting six boys under the age of 15. David Michael Bruce, 65, Anaheim, is charged with nine felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14 and two felony counts of lewd acts on a child age 14 or 15. If convicted, Bruce faces a maximum sentence of 125 years to life in state prison. The defendant is out of custody on $1 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 29, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. in Department N-12, North Justice Center, Fullerton.
At the time of the crimes, Bruce was employed as a drama teacher at Sycamore Junior High School in Anaheim and had access to minors. The defendant retired in 2010 but worked as a substitute teacher at the school until 2013. Continue reading