Jan 24 2013, 4:09pm CST | by Jeffrey B. Roth
Police said Robert Pimentel was a teacher at the George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in the Wilimington section of Los Angeles. In addition to the felony charges, police expect to file misdemeanor charges in relation to other incidents.
A fourth-grade teacher, Pimentel stopped teaching March, last year, when the investigation began. Pimentel began teaching in the district in 1974 and had more than 35 years of teaching experience.
The investigation was instituted after students reported the alleged abuse to their parents. School officials, upon learning of the allegations, removed the teacher from his position. A school district spokesperson said the proper state authorities were alerted to the situation.
Parents of the children involved in the case, were notified by letter and by phone that Pimentel had been arrested.
Jeffrey B. Roth
A multi-award winning writer, Jeffrey B. Roth is a well-known investigative reporter, who covers crime, law, politics, sciences, business, medicine, education, history and a wide range of other topics. In 2010, Roth won first place for a new series in the Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. A published short story writer and poet, Roth is listed in the Locus Index of Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors. Currently, Roth writes for CBS Philadelphia, CBS Baltimore, the Philadelphia Examiner and regional publications, including Carroll Magazine, Carroll Business Quarterly and Hagerstown Magazine to name a few. In the past, Roth, a former crisis intervention counselor and teacher, has written for numerous Pennsylvania newspapers, state and national magazines and the Associated Press. He lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, west of Gettysburg, Pa.
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