Case of accused teacher's aide expands to second school
The investigation of a teacher’s aide arrested Thursday on suspicion of committing lewd acts on a child has expanded to a second Los Angeles school. Officials have confirmed that Jorge Luis Dominguez, 26, worked at a second school as a coach in an after-school program.
Los Angeles police detectives took Dominguez into custody before 5 a.m., alerting school administrators about the same time. Police said Dominguez has worked as a six-hour-a-day teacher’s aide at Gratts Learning Academy, an elementary school, since 2007. Three years before that, he’d started work in an after-school program at Gratts, west of downtown.
But a second school has also been drawn into the probe. About two years ago, the nonprofit Youth Policy Institute hired Dominguez as a coach for its after-school program at the Los Angeles Academy of Arts & Enterprise, a nearby charter school.
Parent meetings have been scheduled for Friday at Gratts and at the charter school, which is independently operated but authorized by the L.A. Unified School District.
An L.A. Unified spokeswoman said it’s her understanding that the alleged victim is not a student at Gratts.
YPI also said it believed the victim was not a student in its program at the charter. YPI runs free, grant-funded, after-school programs at 56 campuses. News of the investigation marred a celebratory evening for YPI, which was holding its annual fundraising gala Thursday night.
In a statement, L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy called the charges "horrifying and sickening."
He added: "We learned of these accusations and [Dominguez's] arrest this morning, and are cooperating with the Los Angeles Police Department in this ongoing investigation.”
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Photo: Jorge Luis Dominguez. Credit: KTLA