Former LAUSD Substitute Accused of Sex Abuse Wanted on Arrest Warrant

The former LAUSD substitute teacher was arrested in September 2010, but authorities said he failed to appear for a preliminary hearing and might be in Mexico

By Jonathan Lloyd and Patrick Healy
|  Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012  |  Updated 11:24 PM PDT
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NBC4 obtained photos taken inside the classroom of a former substitute teacher who is now being investigated for videotaping and touching his students.  Police say George Hernandez is on the run and may be in Mexico.  Beverly White has details.

Beverly White

NBC4 obtained photos taken inside the classroom of a former substitute teacher who is now being investigated for videotaping and touching his students. Police say George Hernandez is on the run and may be in Mexico. Beverly White has details.

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A former substitute teacher in the Los Angeles Unified and Inglewood Unified school districts who was investigated for sexual misconduct is being sought on an arrest warrant.

George Hernandez was investigated three times for sexual misconduct with students before quitting his substitute teaching job in the LAUSD in June 2007 and moving to the Inglewood Unified School District, according to a report in the LA Times.

The 45-year-old Hernandez was never arrested or charged in connection with the LAUSD cases, according to the Times report. He taught as a substitute in that district for about three years before police discovered a videotape that shows him allegedly molesting a young female student, according to Huntington Park police.

He was employed by the Inglewood School District as a substitute teacher at the time of the videotape discovery, police said.

On Wednesday, the Huntington Park Police Department released information about the investigation involving Hernandez in September 2010. The investigation began with a report of indecent exposure involving the suspect near Gage Middle School.

Hernandez's computer and other items were confiscated after authorities obtained a search warrant for his home. It was during that search that authorities found "a large quantity of child pornography" that included video of the suspect allegedly engaging in lewd conduct with a student, according to the sheriff's department.

Hernandez was arrested, but posted bail. He failed to appear for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 30, 2010, according to the sheriff's department.

It is believed that Hernandez fled to Mexico, according to investigators.

The case is one in series of lewd conduct investigations in the LAUSD, including the accusations against two former Miramonte Elementary School teachers. One of the former teachers, Mark Berndt, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of lewd conduct involving more than 20 students.

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