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Teacher's aide gets 18 years in sexual assaults

January 5, 2012 |  9:42 pm

Oscar Enrique SantosA former teacher’s aide at Garfield High School convicted of sexually abusing two special-education students was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in state prison.

Oscar Enrique Santos, 45, of La Puente,  was convicted of 21 felony counts including oral copulation of an incompetent person, oral copulation of a person under 18 and sexual battery by restraint, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Rachel Moser Greene.

The sentence was the maximum that Santos could receive, prosecutors said.

The charges involve two developmentally disabled girls – one of whom is confined to a wheelchair.

The assaults were carried out between 2005 and 2007 when Santos was a teacher’s aide at the East Los Angeles high school, according to prosecutors.

 Santos was charged with attacking the victims on multiple occasions in an on-campus elevator.

He kept the elevator moving up and down between floors while he assaulted the girls, the prosecutors said. At the time, the victims were 16 and 17.


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Photo: Oscar Enrique Santos. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department