Jorge Dominguez, Gratts School Teacher's Aide, Arrested in Sex Abuse Investigation
Another L.A. public schools employee has been accused of "horrifying and sickening" acts with children, according to the superintendent. Jorge Dominguez was arrested this morning, and district officials said they were in the process of firing him this afternoon.
That contrasts with the situation the erupted at Miramonte Elementary School in South L.A., where district officials kept parents in the dark for months regarding the unspeakable allegations levied against teacher Mark Berndt.
In this case ...
... suspect Jorge Dominguez appears not to enjoy the union protections of a full-time teacher. In a statement, the L.A. Unified School District described him as a part-time, temporary teacher's aide.
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While there do seem to be off-campus accusers, LAUSD spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry told the Weekly that, "at this time, there are no known victims at Gratts Elementary School."
Dominguez had been at the school since 2004, but earlier indications that he was a coach and after-school worker turned out to be untrue, Pollard-Terry said.
Superintendent John Deasy sent out this statement:
The allegations against Jorge Dominguez, a teacher's aide at Gratts Elementary
School, regarding lewd acts with a child and criminal acts against children are horrifying and sickening. We learned of these accusations and his arrest this morning, and are cooperating with the Los Angeles Police Department in this on-going investigation.
Interestingly, the LAPD today asked TV news crews not to film students on or near campus.
The school, located in the Westlake district near downtown, has about 649 students and is nearly 95 percent Latino.
This time around parents were being notified quickly.
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