WILMINGTON (CBSLA.com) —A Los Angeles Unified School District teacher arrested for the alleged sexual abuse of 15 children was arraigned Thursday afternoon.
George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School teacher Robert Pimentel, 57, is facing eight counts of continuous sexual abuse and seven counts of lewd acts upon a child, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney.
Pimentel’s attorney said his client will plead not guilty.
The Los Angeles Police Department arrested Pimentel, a fourth grade teacher, on Wednesday after a 10-month long investigation into accusations made by female students.
Pimentel was placed on administrative leave on March 19, 2012 after several young girls told their parents they had been inappropriately touched by the teacher.
The former teacher has been charged with molesting 15 children, but investigators believe he may have abused as many as 20, 19 who were reportedly students at the Wilmington school.
Parents at Del La Torre Elementary were notified of his arrest via a recorded phone call Wednesday. They met with school leaders about the situation Thursday morning.
“What else can you trust if you can’t trust the schools,” one parent said after the meeting.