Robert Pimentel, accused of 14 charges of sexually abusing girls while he was a fourth-grade teacher at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington, appeared in court on Monday, May 13, 2013. This undated image was from an earlier court appearance.
A former fourth-grade elementary school teacher accused of sexually abusing as many as 12 children and a female relative was ordered Monday to stand trial, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
Robert Pimentel, 57, faces 14 counts of sexual abuse allegedly against students at George De La Torre Elementary School in Wilmington. Two charges of continued sexual abuse against Pimentel have been dismissed, according the the LA County District Attorney’s office.
He was removed from the school in March 2012 and placed on paid administrative leave, along with the school's principal at the time.
Pimentel worked for the Los Angeles County School District since 1974. He was arrested in January 2013 when his case was reopened.
The Newport Beach resident has been held in lieu of $14 million bail.
An investigation into the allegations began March 15, 2012, when a dozen young girls at George De La Torre Elementary School claimed that Pimentel, a teacher at the school, had touched them inappropriately.
Prosecutors alleged Pimentel abused some victims multiple times over a period from September 2011 to March 2012, according to earlier reports.
Enraged parents claimed on March 21 that the LAUSD purposely failed to investigate reports made to school years before the scandal.
Pimentel is scheduled to be arraigned May 28.