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Sexual misconduct by teacher alleged at Compton middle school

March 9, 2012 |  7:15 pm

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives are investigating allegations that a male teacher at Compton's Davis Middle School engaged in sexual misconduct with female students, a department spokesman said Friday.

"Special Victims Bureau detectives are investigating allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior" on the part of the teacher, Deputy Peter Gomez said.

The investigation was opened Thursday evening. Detectives interviewed school personnel and other witnesses Friday, Gomez said.

The teacher was not identified and no further information about the investigation is being released at this time, he said.

The Davis Middle School investigation is the latest in at least half a dozen cases of alleged sexual misconduct between school employees and students in Southern California since the arrest last month of Miramonte Elementary teacher Mark Berndt.

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