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Wilmington School Teacher Accused of Inappropriately Touching Student

Parents met with school officials Monday to discuss the George de La Torre Junior Elementary School teacher's removal

By Jonathan Lloyd, Nyree Arabian and Lolita Lopez
|  Monday, Mar 19, 2012  |  Updated 7:22 PM PDT
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A teacher at a Wilmington elementary school has been removed from the classroom amid allegations of inappropriate conduct. The school's teacher has also been removed, but officials did not say why. Lolita Lopez reports from George de la Torre Jr. Elementary School.

A teacher at a Wilmington elementary school has been removed from the classroom amid allegations of inappropriate conduct. The school's teacher has also been removed, but officials did not say why. Lolita Lopez reports from George de la Torre Jr. Elementary School.

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Parents of students at George de La Torre Junior Elementary School in Wilmington attended one of three meetings Monday to discuss the removal of a teacher accused of inappropriately touching a student.

The school's female principal has also been removed, and replaced by a bilingual man who has spent more than 40 years in education, according to the LAUSD.

Parents told NBC4 after the Monday morning meeting -- two other meetings were conducted last week -- at the school that the teacher's identity was not released.

The teacher has not been arrested or fired. Both the principal and teacher are on paid administrative leave.

"They basically said they're going to do everything they can to get to the bottom of it," said parent Mike Mitchell.

Five female students and their parents filed a police report Thursday claiming there was inappropriate touching over their clothing by a male teacher, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Letters regarding the teacher's removal were sent home to parents Friday. 

The school's prinicpal, who was subsequently removed for reasons unknown, signed that letter.

The accusations are the latest in a string of allegations involving LAUSD employees, including two former Miramonte Elementary School teachers accused of molesting students.

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