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OC DA Reopens Investigation Of Accused Wilmington Teacher

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Fourth-grade teacher Robert Pimentel faces eight counts of continuous sexual abuse and seven counts of lewd acts upon a child following his arrest on Jan. 23. (credit: CBS)

Fourth-grade teacher Robert Pimentel faces eight counts of continuous sexual abuse and seven counts of lewd acts upon a child following his arrest on Jan. 23. (credit: CBS)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Orange County prosecutors say a dropped molestation investigation is being reopened so officials can re-examine the actions of a former Los Angeles elementary school teacher who has been charged with molesting a dozen students.

Spokeswoman Susan Kang Schroeder told the Los Angeles Times on Friday that the allegations of four youths against Robert Pimentel will be forwarded to Los Angeles prosecutors.

Robert Pimentel, a former teacher at George de la Torre Jr. Elementary School, was arrested Wednesday on charges of molesting 12 students following a 10-month police investigation.

Kang Schroeder says the 2005 investigation into allegations from one Newport Beach youth and three Long Beach youths was dropped because of insufficient evidence, lack of corroboration, problems with the availability of witnesses and other issues.

Pimentel is being held on $12 million bail.

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