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Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting Students at El Segundo School

The teacher, who is on administrative leave, also worked as a camp counselor in the Lake Tahoe area

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Thursday, Oct 25, 2012  |  Updated 8:14 AM PDT
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El Segundo Teacher Accused of Child Sex Assault

Jeffrey Simonek, 27, is accused of criminal acts involving boys in an El Segundo elementary school classroom.

A 27-year-old elementary school teacher accused of sexually assaulting two students last year in a classroom was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of lewd acts with a child.

The fifth-grade teacher -- Jeffrey Simonek -- has been on administrative leave during the investigation, which began Aug. 2 after investigators received a report through the Department of Children and Family Services. He was booked Wednesday on suspicion of lewd acts with a child under 14 years of age and jailed on $300,000 bail.

The criminal acts allegedly occurred in a classroom last year at Center Street School in El Segundo.

Simonek also worked as a camp counselor for boys at a Lake Tahoe area summer camp from 2005 to 2011, according to El Segundo police. He allegedly committed "similar criminal acts with young boys" at the camp, police said.

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