Teacher’s Aide Acquitted of Sexually Abusing Student Plans Career Change

NBC Bay Area

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By Chuck Coppola

A former Catholic school teacher’s aide acquitted this week of 10 counts of sexual abuse against a student is now talking about starting over and finding a new career.

Mia Cummings, 31, of Oakland, was held for nearly two years in Santa Rita Jail awaiting trial.

This week, she was released after a jury ruled they didn’t believe the allegations against her.

The former after-school program coordinator at All Saints Catholic School in Hayward tells NBC Bay Area she’s trying put the pieces of her life back together.

“I started by taking my son to school for the first time,” Cummings said Thursday. “That’s what I started with.”

Her son was 2 when she was arrested just before Thanksgiving in 2013. Unable to make the $500,000 bail, Cummings spent the next two years seeing her child once a week as a jail visitor.

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