OC DA Reopens Abuse Investigation of Teacher

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

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

    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.

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    [LA] 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.

    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.

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

    [LA] 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.

    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.

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    [LA] Wilmington Teacher Faces Accusations
    Parents react after meeting to discuss the latest allegations involving an LAUSD employee. Lolita Lopez reports from Wilmington.

    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.

    Ex-Teacher Arrested in School Sex Abuse Case

    [LA] Ex-Teacher Arrested in School Sex Abuse Case
    Robert Pimental, 57, is charged with eight counts of continuous sexual abuse and seven counts of lewd acts upon a child, and police say at least 20 children and one adult may have been victimized by the former teacher. Kim Baldonado reports from Wilmington for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Jan. 23, 2013.

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