Reporting John Brooks
PACOIMA (CBS) — A former LAUSD third-grade teacher arrested on sex crime charges last fall faced new accusations on Tuesday of molesting an additional nine children.
KNX 1070′s John Brooks reports bail for Paul Chapel has been increased by over $1 million amid the new allegations.
Chapel, 51, was arrested last October on charges of molesting four children at Telfair Elementary CBS Los Angeles in Pacoima, but authorities said that complaint has been amended to a total of 7 girls and 6 boys.
His bail was raised from $2.2 million to $3.4 million based on the additional allegations. He has pleaded not guilty.
District officials failed to notify parents after Chapel’s arrest until February of this year before the LAUSD revised its notification policy and pledged to report misconduct allegations to parents within 72 hours of a teacher’s removal from the classroom.
The new allegations against the 13-year veteran teacher have shaken the already-eroded confidence of parents of Telfair students.
“Now it’s like, ‘Who can I trust?’” said one mother.
The LAUSD has placed Chapel on unpaid leave and suspended his teaching credentials coinciding with his October arrest, but one parent wants to see stiffer penalties enforced.
“Leave him in prison for life, ’cause it wasn’t one or two kids, it was 13,” she said. “They should leave him in prison for life.”