OC DA Reopens Abuse Investigation of Teacher

A Wilmington teacher was arrested in connection with alleged abuse of children at a school

By Jason Kandel
|  Saturday, Jan 26, 2013  |  Updated 7:27 PM PDT
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Wilmington Teacher Faces Accusations

File photo of a police car outside George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington

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Ex-Principal Could Face Charges in Teacher Abuse Case

LAPD confirmed to NBC4 that the former principal at George De La Torre, Jr., Elementary School in Wilmington could face charges after an ex-teacher there was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing children. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Jan. 24, 2013.

Ex-LAUSD Teacher Pleads Not Guilty in School Sex Abuse Case

Robert Pimentel, a former fourth-grade teacher at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington, pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting at least 20 children. Parents at the school said they had suspicions about the teacher for some time. Michelle Valles reports from Long Beach for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Jan. 24, 2013.
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Orange County prosecutors say a dropped molestation investigation is being reopened so officials can re-examine the actions of a former Los Angeles elementary school teacher who has been charged with molesting a dozen students.

Spokeswoman Susan Kang Schroeder told the Los Angeles Times on Friday that the allegations of four youths against Robert Pimentel will be forwarded to Los Angeles prosecutors.

Pimentel, a former teacher at George de la Torre Jr. Elementary School, was arrested Wednesday on charges of molesting 12 students following a 10-month police investigation.

Kang Schroeder says the 2005 investigation into allegations from one Newport Beach youth and three Long Beach youths was dropped because of insufficient evidence, lack of corroboration, problems with the availability of witnesses and other issues.

Pimentel, 57, of Newport Beach, pleaded not guilty to 15 counts of child sexual abuse of 12 victims, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

The investigation began when several girls told their parents that they had been inappropriately touched by a fourth-grade teacher during school.

Pimentel left his position with the school during the investigation, which began March 15, 2012.

Pimentel's attorney, Richard Knickerbocker, said his client is innocent.

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