East Los Angeles — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a teacher from the East L.A Renaissance Academy at Esteban Torres High School over alleged lewd acts with a student, officials said today.
The department’s Special Victims Bureau did not provide many details about the case, saying only that the “inappropriate conduct” took place during May and June and that detectives do not believe there are additional victims.
“The investigation is in the beginning stages and is on-going,” the department said in a statement.
The East L.A. Renaissance Academy is one five autonomous high schools at Esteban Torres High. East L.A. Renaissance is one of the few high schools in the U.S. with a focus on urban planning and design, according to the school website.
A school district spokeswoman declined to comment on the case, noting that all personnel matters are confidential.
The allegations comes after lawyers earlier this week said the school district had agreed to pay $22 million to settle sexual assault lawsuits filed by students at Franklin High in Highland Park and two other elementary schools.
Anyone with information about this crime is requested to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-LASD (5273). If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
Update: East L.A Renaissance Academy Principal Martin Buchman, in a letter to parents, said the teacher has been reassigned from campus while the investigation is underway. Intervention counselors will be made available to students. “We are committed to aggressively pursuing each case to determine the truth and, if necessary, initiate the appropriate disciplinary or administrative measures,” he said.
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