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LAUSD Teacher’s Aide Arrested For Allegedly Attempting To Have Sexual Contact With Student

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A teacher’s aide with the Los Angeles Unified School District has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to have sexual contact with a 15-year-old student.

Alain Salas, 40, was arrested Monday at Fremont High School and booked for allegedly contacting a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

“The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is expected to file formal charges against Mr. Salas in the near future . . . . The S.A.F.E. Team is working with the alleged victim’s family and the school district, and is continuing to investigate the nature and extent of the allegations,” Eimeiller said in a statement.

According to the FBI, Salas tried to contact the victim online and in person.

Salas, who worked at Fremont High since 2006 as an aide for special education students and a coaching assistant for the girl’s volleyball and softball teams, is being held without bail at the Los Angeles Inmate Reception Center. He is expected to appear in state court Wednesday.

Salas is the fourth LAUSD employee to be arrested within the last few weeks.

Teachers Mark Berndt, 61, and 49-year-old Martin Springer also face felony charges of lewd acts on a child.

Berndt, a 30-year teaching veteran, faces 23 counts of lewd acts on a child and is being held on $23 million bail.

Paul Adame, a janitor at a San Fernando Valley elementary school, was arrested Feb. 6 for lewd acts on a child.

The LAUSD has yet to comment on Salas’ arrest.

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