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From the Los Angeles Times | January 31, 2013
A former Los Angeles Unified schoolteacher from Newport Beach has been charged with an additional felony in connection with the alleged molestation of a child in Orange County eight years ago. Robert Pimentel, 57, a fourth-grade teacher, is already facing 15 counts of lewd acts or continuous sexual abuse. Prosecutors said the victim is among the 12 children he is already accused of molesting in Los Angeles County from 2004 to 2012, said Jane Robison, a district attorney's spokeswoman.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 30, 2013
Kristen Johnson and Yassi Motamed work about 10 miles away from each other, but on Tuesday morning, they got the same surprise in their respective classrooms. Newport-Mesa Unified School District selected them as elementary and secondary school teachers of the year. Just after 8 a.m., school officials sneaked into Johnson's class at Newport Coast Elementary School, and then Motamed's, at TeWinkle Middle School in Costa Mesa. "It was a whirlwind yesterday - everything was a blur," Johnson said, adding that staffers at the front desk thought something might be wrong when the superintendent and school board members showed up asking for her. But they brought good news.
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From the Los Angeles Times | January 28, 2013
A former state senator called Monday for an investigation into what she said was a disproportionately large number of Latino students believed to have been victimized by teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Martha Escutia, now an attorney working for a law firm that represents families suing the district over teacher sexual misconduct, called for an independent investigation as she appeared at a news conference with a handful of parents in front of George de la Torre Elementary School in Wilmington.
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From the Los Angeles Times | January 28, 2013
A second parent at a George de la Torre Elementary School in Wilmington has come forward to say that the former principal ignored allegations that a teacher was touching students inappropriately. Maria Zacapa, whose child is now in the eighth grade, said her son told her four years ago that Robert Pimental had touched a girl in his fourth-grade class in a way that made Zacapa's son feel uncomfortable. "We went to the principal and she didn't do anything to help us," Zacapa said in Spanish.
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From the Los Angeles Times | January 24, 2013
A former  Los Angeles Unified School District  teacher was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of committing lewd acts and sexually abusing 20 children and an adult, law enforcement authorities said. Robert Pimentel, 57, of Newport Beach, who taught at George de la Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington, was taken into custody by Los Angeles Police Department  detectives, who had launched an investigation in March after several fourth-grade girls said they had been inappropriately touched.
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From the Los Angeles Times | January 24, 2013
A former Los Angeles teacher pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he sexually abused several of his students. Robert Pimentel, 57, of Newport Beach, appeared in a Long Beach courtroom Thursday afternoon and entered his not guilty plea. Pimentel is charged with seven counts of lewd and lascivious acts with children younger than 14 and with eight felony counts of continuous sexual abuse involving eight victims. Police suspect there may be at least 20 victims. Outside the courtroom, his attorney Richard Knickerbocker said Pimentel is "absolutely innocent.
NEWS
January 18, 2013
In the weeks following the tragic school shooting in Connecticut and the arrest of a man who allegedly fired 50 rounds into the air at Fashion Island the next day, the Daily Pilot's Forum page has featured multiple letters and comments about guns and school safety. Some folks have called on schools to arm employees who are willing to volunteer for the responsibility. Today we'd like to add our voice to this important discussion by saying that we do not support arming teachers or other traditional school employees, such as principals, coaches, custodians, secretaries and so forth.
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By Charles Mooney | January 17, 2013
I am glad to see that people have responded to Chuck Cassity's Jan. 10 letter to the Forum " Commentary: It's time to arm school personnel ," and I would like to add my response to his letter. Unlike Cassity, I am not a great fan of solving multi-faceted problems by addressing just one of the factors, and I don't think it is worth responding to each questionable statement in his letter. Instead, what I would like to do is highlight some of his unwritten assumptions. First of all, Cassity assumes that the people (could be more than one shooter)
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By Chuck Cassity | January 17, 2013
Had the Daily Pilot chosen to print my Jan. 9 essay, " Commentary: It's time to arm school personnel," on "gun-free zones" in its entirety, as I had requested of them, instead of leaving more than two-thirds of it on the editing room floor, our community would have had a chance to fully consider a common-sense proposal being embraced by tens of thousands of others to end school shootings once and for all. I proposed that teachers and administrators who...
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 9, 2013
The Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers has twice asked the school district to support tighter gun regulations, but district officials say there are no plans to address the topic while school-safety discussions continue in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District began reevaluating its safety procedures the day of the Dec. 14 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and the teachers union has offered its recommendations at two school board meetings.
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