Lawsuit Alleges LAUSD Officials Shielded Teachers Accused Of Abuse

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Attorneys representing nearly three dozen children and parents in the Miramonte Elementary child abuse case announced the filing of a new lawsuit Tuesday.

The announcement by lawyers for 12 children and 19 parents leveled new allegations against Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy and several former superintendents.

KNX 1070’s Margaret Carrero reports attorney Brian Claypool claims Deasy and other district officials intentionally engaged in a practice of not reporting suspected abuse by LAUSD teachers.

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“They’ve kicked these kids to the curb. They have trained officials to not report teachers who are suspected of child abuse; they have trained school administrators to not call law enforcement,” Claypool said.

The filing of the new lawsuit was based in part on recent allegations that Robert Pimentel sexually abused children when he taught at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington.

Claypool claims an unidentified teacher who reported sex abuse claims in 1996 against teacher’s aide Ricardo Guevara, who worked at a school near Miramonte, was retaliated against by LAUSD officials.

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“Guevara was then shifted to another school…Guess where he was sent? To Miramonte,” Claypool said.

Guevara was convicted of lewd acts with a child in 2006 and is serving 15 years to life in prison.

Attorneys for the school district have declined comment on the lawsuit.

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