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Former Pacoima teacher charged with sexual abuse of children

February 10, 2012 |  7:14 am

A former Los Angeles public school teacher is facing sexual-abuse charges involving children, police said Friday.

Paul Chapel, 50, of Chatsworth, was arrested in October, and was being held in lieu of $2.2 million bond. His arrest was revealed this week.

Chapel, a former third-grade teacher at Telfair Avenue Elementary School in Pacoima, is charged with abusing three girls and a boy--at least one of whom was a Telfair student--between September 2010 and April 2011.

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Chapel is scheduled to appear Feb. 21 at a preliminary hearing. He faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted, according to the Daily News.

The news comes as the Los Angeles Unified School District has seen two teachers at Miramonte Elementary School in Florence-Firestone and a custodian at Germain Elementary School in Chatsworth arrested and accused of lewd acts with children in the last two weeks.


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