School District Knew of Alleged Teacher Abuse 3 Years Before Arrest

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LOS ANGELES  — Los Angeles school district officials knew of sexual misconduct allegations in 2009 against a teacher at a Wilmington campus who was arrested more than three years later, the district’s top administrator confirmed Tuesday.

The teacher, Robert Pimentel, 57, was arrested in January.

Some of the charges result from alleged conduct at De La Torre Elementary that occurred well after senior administrators apparently became aware of concerns raised by parents in 2009.

L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy said an internal investigation is ongoing into whether allegations were handled properly.

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