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Gratts Elementary School Teacher's Aide Accused of Lewd Acts Involving Child

Superintendent John Deasy described the allegations as "horrifying and sickening"

By Jonathan Lloyd and Reva Hicks
|  Thursday, May 17, 2012  |  Updated 11:37 PM PDT
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A temporary teacher's aide with the LAUSD has been arrested.

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Parents "Disgusted" By Teacher's Aide Accused of Lewd Acts Involving Child

A mother at Gratts Elementary School says she's upset with the district's notification process when allegations of lewd conduct surface against school staff. A teacher's aide at Gratts Elementary School near downtown Los Angeles has been arrested after allegations of inappropriate behavior involving a child, according to Los Angeles Unified School District officials. Antonio Castelan reports from Gratts Elementary School for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on May 17, 2012.
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A teacher's aide at Gratts Elementary School near downtown Los Angeles has been arrested after allegations of inappropriate behavior involving a child, according to Los Angeles Unified School District officials.

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The alleged crimes did not take place at the school, and it's not clear if the victim was a student, an LAUSD spokesperson said.

The aide was identified by school officials as 25-year-old Jorge Luis Dominguez, a temporary teacher's aide.

"I'm digusted because he's around our kids," said one mother who was upset with the district's notification process.

Jail records showed Dominguez was arrested at 4:42 a.m. His bail amount was set at $100,000. No court date has been scheduled.

"The allegations against Jorge Dominguez... regarding lewd acts with a child and criminal acts against children are horrifying and sickening," Superintendent John Deasy said in a statement.

The district learned of the accusations and arrest Thursday morning, according to the statement. 

Dominguez worked at the school, located west of downtown LA, since 2004, both as a teacher's aide and coach. He was to be terminated Thursday, according to the district.

Notifications from the school district were being sent to parents and guardians of students at Gratts Elementary, and crisis counseling is set to be offered to any victims.

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