The Straits Times
Published on Jan 24, 2013

LA teacher accused of sex abuse of up to 19 kids


LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles elementary school teacher accused of sexually abusing 19 pupils and one adult was arrested Wednesday, police said.

Eight counts of continual sexual abuse and seven counts of lewd acts upon a child have been filed against Robert Pimental for abuse that took place at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary in the Wilmington area, police said.

His bail has been set at US$12 million (S$15 million), and an arraignment date has not been set.

Pimental, 57, left his fourth-grade teaching position in March at the onset of the investigation.