Teacher Accused Of Sexually Abusing As Many As 20 Students

LOS ANGELES (January 24, 2013)—Robert Pimentel of Newport Beach, Calif., who was a fourth-grade teacher for nearly 40 years, has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing 20 students and one adult, Los Angeles police said.

Police said in a statement that Pimentel, a teacher at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary in the Wilmington area, was arrested Wednesday and was ordered held in lieu of $12 million bond.

Police say he's been charged with 15 felonies, and could be charged with misdemeanors for the remaining incidents.

The Los Angeles Unified School District said in a statement that when the investigation began last March, Pimentel was immediately removed from campus and parents and state credentialing authorities were informed.

The district says Pimentel retired before he could be fired.

He had worked for LAUSD since 1974.

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