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Ex-LAUSD teacher charged with additional molestation felony

Robert Pimentel appears at his arraignment Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Long Beach. Credit: Jeff Gritchen /Getty Images

A former Los Angeles Unified schoolteacher has been charged with an additional felony in connection with the alleged molestation of a child in Orange County eight years ago.

Robert Pimentel, 57, a fourth-grade teacher, is already facing 15 counts of lewd acts or continuous sexual abuse.

Prosecutors said the victim is among the 12 children he is already accused of molesting in Los Angeles County from 2004 to 2012, said Jane Robison, a district attorney's spokeswoman.

The bulk of the allegations involve abuse between September 2011 and March 2012. LAPD began investigating Pimentel in March 2012 after reports from parents at George de la Torre Jr. Elementary in Wilmington.

Several years ago, Newport Beach police investigated allegations involving four victims, but the Orange County district attorney's office declined to file criminal charges and ordered a reinvestigation. That work was recently turned over to prosecutors in Los Angeles County.  

Pimentel has pleaded not guilty and his lawyer told reporters the charges were allegations

But a law enforcement source close to the investigation said Pimentel has been accused of touching children "multiple times over a period of time."

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing, said Pimentel is accused of inappropriately touching 9- and 10-year-old girls.

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-- Richard Winton

Photo: Robert Pimentel appears at his arraignment Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Long Beach. Credit: Jeff Gritchen /Getty Images

 
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