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Former teacher convicted of sexually abusing two students

May 30, 2012 |  3:23 pm

A former middle school teacher in East Los Angeles was convicted Wednesday of sexually abusing two female teenage students.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury deliberated for a day before finding Antonio Gomez, 41, of Downey guilty of 12 counts of a lewd act upon a child, according to the district attorney’s office.

Gomez, who taught physical education at Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School, has been free on bail. He was remanded into custody after the verdict and faces up to 22 years in state prison when he is sentenced June 27.

“He denies all the allegations and he plans on appealing,” defense attorney Eric Chase said.

The incidents occurred on campus in 2005 and 2006. One victim was 13 at the time and the other 14.

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