The man accused of exposing himself inside a Cesar Chavez High School classroom on Monday is a man that might e familiar to Kern County residents.
Matthew Davis worked as a priest at the Greek Orthodox Church for several years in the 1990s. In 1996 he was driving his family's car on Highway 41 in Madera County when it was involved in a head-on collision.
His wife, Linda Davis, was killed in the crash. Matthew Davis spent some time at Valley Medical Center in Fresno in critical condition and according to his step-daughter and second wife, the injuries suffered in that crash have plagued him ever since. Linda Davis was a well-liked teacher at Williams School.
Christine Davis told ABC 23 by phone Tuesday night that she's known Matthew Davis since 1991 and they re-married a few years after his wife passed away. Christine Davis didn't have much to say as she is presently living in Tennessee with her daughter while Matthew Davis was back in Bakersfield working to help make ends meet.
When asked about the allegations, Christine Davis said "I was pretty surprised." She called her husband a brilliant man and didn't have much to say because she doesn't know everything.
"I love my husband, I know my husband very well and I completely support him," Christine Davis said. "And I know there is more to this story than what's out there. He has a hearing (Wednesday) and hopefully that will take care of whatever this is."
Christine Davis confirmed what her daughter told ABC 23 in an e-mail, that Davis was experiencing early signs of dementia. Dea Davis said in the e-mail that "He's not taking care of himself and everyone I've talked to in Bako who's seen him at church or around says he's been losing a lot of weight, looking 'gray' and 'lost'."
Dea Davis said her step-father has a coffee addiction and drinks large sodas. She made her comments, according to her mother, in response to online postings regarding Matthew Davis' arrest.
Matthew Davis has worked as a substitute teacher in Kern County since 2001. Where according to the Superintendent of Schools Office he worked for 15 different districts and did not have a single complaint against him. Davis also passed a required background check and finger-printing.
Matthew Davis is accused of exposing himself to a classroom of students at Cesar Chavez High School. Students said he was acting suspicious under the desk prior to exposing himself.
According to the Kern County Sheriff's In-custody Inmates website, Davis faces five counts each of indecent exposure, willful cruelty to a child and lewd and lascivious acts.
Delano Police are continuing to investigate the incident and have interviewed students who were in the class at the time of the incident. Davis is due in court Wednesday morning.
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