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Miramonte Teacher's Aide Sent Letters to Boy: Report

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By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Wednesday, Feb 8, 2012  |  Updated 12:34 PM PDT
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A teacher's aide at a South Los Angeles elementary school from which two teachers have been removed over child abuse allegations wrote love letters to an 11-year-old student, according to a report in the LA Times.

The fourth-grader's mother found one of the letters in June 2009. According to the Times' report, one letter read, "When you get close to me, even if you give me the chills I like that. Don't tell nobody about this!''

During a meeting that included the mother, her son, his teacher and an assistant principal, the teacher's aide acknowledged writing letters, the Times reported. The aide no longer works for the school system, district spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry told the Associated Press.

The case is the subject of a law enforcement inquiry and an internal review by the LAUSD, according to the Times.

The accusation is the latest in a series involving staff members at Miramonte Elementary School. Two former teachers -- Mark Berndt and Martin Bernard Springer -- are accused of child molestation in a case that led the Los Angeles Unified School District to replace the entire staff at the school.

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