Los Gatos: Former teacher, theater director sentenced to 35 years for child molestation, annoyance

LOS GATOS – A former Los Gatos elementary school teacher and youth theater director has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for child molestation and child annoyance, authorities said.

Handed down Monday in Santa Clara County Superior Court, the lengthy sentence follows Joseph Brian Houg’s decision in August to plead no contest to 10 felony counts of child molestation and three misdemeanor counts of child annoyance. The 51-year-old San Jose resident also agreed at that time to resign from the Los Gatos Union School District, where he worked as a teacher at Blossom Hill Elementary School.

Detectives with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation in

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