Teacher's aide accused of lewd acts with a minor to be fired
Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. John Deasy said a teacher's aide at Gratts Learning Academy in downtown L.A. would be fired after his arrest on suspicion of lewd acts with a minor.
Jorge Luis Dominguez, 26, was taken into custody by Los Angeles police detectives before 5 a.m. Thursday. Police have not identified whether the victim is a student at the school.
Deasy in a statement called the charges "horrifying and sickening." "We learned of these accusations and his arrest this morning, and are cooperating with the Los Angeles Police Department in this ongoing investigation," he said in a statement. "The identity of the victim(s) and whether they are Los Angeles Unified School District students is unknown at this time."
Dominguez has worked at the school, located west of downtown Los Angeles, since 2004 in several capacities including as an after-school worker and coach. Deasy said Dominguez "will be terminated today from LAUSD."
The superintendent said notification was being sent to parents and guardians and said crisis counseling would be provided at the school.
For the record, 3:40 p.m., May 17: The Times initially identified the school as Gratts Learning Academy based on police statements, but corrected the name to Gratts Elementary School after LAUSD provided different information. The district now acknowledges that the correct name of the campus is the Gratts Learning Academy.
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Photo: Jorge Luis Dominguez. Credit: KTLA