Teacher arrested in molestation case, 20 victims


Credit: KTLA

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A former teacher in Los Angeles was arrested on molestation charges involving 20 young victims, KTLA is reporting.

Robert Pimentel, 57, who taught at George de la Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington, was taken into custody after several fourth-grade girls said they had been inappropriately touched.

Pimentel quit his job before he could be fired.

Authorities said the teacher is believed to have touched the students “over and under their clothing.”

In addition to the 20 young victims, police say Pimentel is also suspected of sexually abusing one adult.

The charges involve sexual abuse and lewd acts on a child and cover the period from September 2011 to March 2012, according to court records.

Of the 20 alleged minor victims, 19 were students at the school, said LAPD Capt. Fabian Lizarraga.

He had worked with the district since 1974. His bail has been set at $12 million.

Read more: KTLA


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