A former Santa Ana teacher accused of taping one child's mouth shut and tying another to a chair pleaded guilty Tuesday to four misdemeanor counts of child abuse and battery.
David Mesa, 36, of La Mirada admitted the charges in exchange for probation and surrendering his teaching credentials, said his attorney, David Cohn.
Cohn said his client intends to pick another career path.
"He has not been teaching since Oct. 16 last year, the date of the incident," Cohn said. "He basically made a decision to go on with his life."
Mesa, who had been teaching about 12 years and was hired by the Santa Ana Unified School District in July 1999, was on the staff at Madison Elementary School in October.