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4th Grade Teacher Arrested On Suspicion of Sexually Assaulting 20 Kids, 1 Adult

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A former fourth-grade teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District under investigation since March for accusations of inappropriate touching has now been arrested on suspicion he sexually assaulted 20 children and one adult.

57-year-old Robert Pimental of Newport Beach had worked for the LAUSD since 1974. In March, 2012, when an investigation was launched into his alleged suspicious behavior, he left his position as a fourth-grade teacher at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington, according to City News Services. Leaving his post voluntarily means Pimental is still eligible for his retirement benefits.

Pimental is being held at the Los Angeles Police Department's Metropolitan Detention Center in lieu of $12 million bail.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed eight counts of continuous sexual abuse and seven counts of lewd acts upon a child against Pimental, according to a release issued by the LAPD.

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LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy believes there needs to be a change in state law so that when teachers are initially placed under investigation for sexual misconduct they can be swiftly terminated so that they cannot retire and collect benefits.