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Los Angeles teacher arrested for sexually abusing ‘at least 20 children’

By Stephen C. Webster
Thursday, January 24, 2013 10:08 EDT
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Former Los Angeles elementary school teacher Robert Pimentel, accused of sexually assaulting "at least 20 children." Photo: Screenshot via KTLA-TV.
 
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A former Los Angeles Unified School District employee was arrested Wednesday on charges that he sexually abused “at least 20 children” and one adult co-worker, KTLA-TV reported Thursday morning.

Police launched an investigation last year after two alleged victims came forward claiming that 57-year-old Robert Pimentel, who’s worked for the district for nearly 40 years, sexually touched them both over and under their clothing.

The LAUSD superintendent said he removed the teacher as soon as the allegations were relayed to him, at which point Pimentel retired and began taking his pension before the district could fire him. The principle at the school, George De La Torre Jr. Elementary, was also removed.

A district-wide audit published in November found that many allegations of sexual misconduct by teachers went unreported, according to The Los Angeles Times.

School officials say they’ve implemented a “zero tolerance” policy toward inappropriate behavior with students following an earlier scandal involving a teacher molesting children.

Pimentel faces 12 different sexual abuse charges and authorities are searching for eight other suspected victims. He remains jailed on a $1 million bond.

This video is from KTLA-TV, aired Thursday, January 24, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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