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High school dean arrested in child pornography investigation

A West Adams Preparatory High School official is being investigated for child pornography allegations, Los Angeles police confirmed Thursday.

Brad Ratcliff, 53, a successful veteran prep football coach and currently a dean at West Adams Prep in Pico-Union, was arrested Feb. 2 at his home, said Officer Norma Eisenman, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

A search of his premises revealed that he was “in possession of numerous child pornography images and videos containing male victims,” Eisenman said. She added that there is no evidence that the images or videos “are of current or former students.”

At this time, Ratcliff has not been charged in connection with the case, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

Ratcliff presided in recent years over a strong football program, including teams that were undefeated in the conference. As a dean, he handled discipline and safety issues. Ratcliff also has served as an executive officer of the Los Angeles Football Coaches Assn.

West Adams Prep is under the management of a nonprofit called MLA Partner Schools, which selects employees, who are then formally hired by the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Upon learning of the arrest, MLA placed Ratcliff “on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation,” said Mike McGalliard, MLA’s chief executive. “As required by law, all employees are cleared through the California Department of Justice before working on a school campus.”

L.A. Unified issued a similar statement. Neither MLA nor L.A. Unified was aware of an investigation until the arrest was made, said L.A. Unified spokesman Robert Alaniz.

Ratcliff was released on the day of his arrest on $20,000 bail. He could not be reached for comment.


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This is a real SHAME!!! I hope he serves time to the maximum time alloted!!

There are many more problems at West Adams that are hidden because it is a partnership school. Racial incidents, females being attacked in the bathrooms, gang violence. One of the big problem is the partnership bring in people to the school with out notice or proper permission.

most male perverts work at schools, that's where the victims are!

His life will be forever tarnished. Even if he ends up found innocent.


Always very skeptical of child pornography claims. Kids are having babies at 14 but having a photo of a nude male who happens to be 17-1/2 is a crime. Really?

And why was he targeted for investigation, anyway? My guess is he had the audacity to actually discipline some little monster whose parents expect our public schools to babysit, aka, "disrepected" him.

Best to reserve judgment until the facts are in.

As an involved parent I am very familiar with West Adams.Don't know of any racial incidents.The gangs are actually minimal compared to the average L.A. school.What I do know in this particular incident, the Administration did everything possible to keep this under wraps.They would not give out any information.This happened last week,and it just got out.They were more concerned about looking bad,instead of getting it out for parents or kids that may have information.I'm glad the Principle has is priorities in order.Covering himself,and not the kids.Great job!The Dean was even was in charge of searching the kids when they entered school!

When is everyone going to realize that MLA has no business running schools?! They can't keep employees and those they do get arrested. This guy gets arrested; the Manual Arts principal (the other MLA school) leaves under a cloud. Then they take months to find someone new. And that's just the adults. The students are suffering the most, now and in the future because of MLA. West Adams, which they helped design from the ground up was underperferming from day 1. Manual Arts has not improved academically either! They have no real plan for improvement; just a lot of platitudes. Save these schools and get rid of MLA!

What's the problem? Don't we all want pornography to be legal and available to all? What did you all think would happen?

So, since this guy was: “in possession of numerous child pornography images and videos containing male victims,” and he was not found in possession of underage female child pornography, is it safe to assume that he is a HOMOSEXUAL predator with possible connections to NAMBLA?

It's obviously a shame. But, also a shame that all the good he did. Will be over shadowed by this stain. Too bad.

The question, is this guy a closet pedophile or is this a setup sting operation. It has been known that the FBI would mail child porn repeatedly to a man until they found he had opened it and then - got ya!!

Children need to be protected from real molesters - crying wolf doesn't get it.

There is a statement that bothers me that WEST ADAMS is an experiment....nobody has the right to experiment with our kids that go to that school and I feel that experiment or not they should check everyone and everything that comes in and out of that school, a good background check or any complaints from any students should of have been taken serious and if these sick people that are freaks and molesters are not registred it is because they have not been caught wet..and not registred as sex offenders. I would like to know why and how he slipped through the school district and it should be taken very serious!!!!!!! He needs to go to jail!!!! and any kids that felt uncomfortable around him should speak up so he never gets to be around our kids

This is just sad. Kinda pisses me off to know that i played for him. If the facts are true then he deserves what he gets. There isn't any excuse. Glad I wasn't one of his favorite players.

Interesting that an alleged "child pornographer" who's a teacher gets his name all over the news, yet a Principal who's allegedly sexually harassed multiple victims at another LAUSD high school isn't mentioned, noted, or spoken about. Seems like a double standard.

One of the reasons Mr. Ratcliff was hired at West Adams was that he had so many former players who respected him and were willing to work for and with him on his coaching staff for free. It's a shame that we are all so quick to decide he's some type of child molester. What he did in the privacy of his home is his business. If he did commit a crime, then he'll eventually be punished, but I for one have to hold judgement. If people don't start coming out of the woodwork, as they do with most "convicted" predators, then I don't think he ever harmed anyone. His colleagues and former players that have spoken with me are all shocked beyond belief that this accusation has surfaced.


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