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Valley school janitor accused of lewd act on student

February 6, 2012 | 12:53 pm

A janitor at a Chatsworth elementary school was arrested early Monday on suspicion of committing a lewd act on a student at the school, police said.

Paul Adame, 37, was arrested at 1:15 a.m. after the mother of a student at Germain Street Elementary School went to a police station Sunday afternoon to report “inappropriate contact” between her child and a janitor at the school, according to an LAPD statement.

Adame, according to jail records, was released later in the morning on $100,000 bail. His arrest follows uproar over allegations that two teachers at Miramonte Elementary, also in the Los Angeles Unified School District, engaged in lewd conduct with students.

Detectives with the LAPD's sexual assault unit investigated the claim and identified Adame as the suspect, according to police. Authorities said they were not releasing information about the alleged conduct or the name, age or gender of the child because the investigation was ongoing.

Police asked that parents of students enrolled at the school speak with their children about Adame to find out if they were subject to potentially criminal behavior.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Devonshire Sexual Assault Unit at (818) 832-0609, or (877) 527-3247 during nonbusiness hours.

Anonymous calls can be made to (800) 222-8477 or by texting 274637 with a message beginning with the letters “LAPD.”


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