Teacher Pleads No Contest to Abuse Charges
A former third-grade teacher at Telfair Elementary in Pacoima, California, has pleaded no contest to molesting 13 students between September 2006 and April 2011, all aged 8 and 9. He faces 25 years to life in prison.
Parents Not Told of Arrest for Months
According to the Los Angeles Times, 7 of the victims were female and 6 were male. The teacher was initially charged last fall for molesting 4 students, but the school district did not tell parents about the arrest until February, when two teachers at a different elementary school were arrested due to molestation charges. The teacher was fired in March, and in May he was charged with molesting 9 more students.
Lawsuits have been filed against the school district. It is believed that the school district ignored several complaints about the teacher.
Warning Signs in Teacher’s Past
Another controversy is that there were several warning signs in the teacher’s history. He had once left a private school due to vulgar remarks during a sex education class, and was also tried for a molestation charge in 1997, though he was not convicted. The teacher’s personnel files were incomplete regarding these incidences, which mirrors another case regarding a teacher at Miramonte Elementary. That case also created heavy backlash for the school district in terms of their handling of the molestation charges against their employees.
The district claims the 1997 incident was probably not reviewed because the teacher was not convicted and that the incident did not occur on a school campus. After the charges were dropped in 1998, the teacher’s credential was reinstated and he returned to work at Telfair Elementary.
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