Newport Beach retiree Robert Pimentel, who is fighting charges he touched at least 12 little girls sexually during his Los Angeles Unified School District teaching career, committed lewd acts on one of the victims in Orange County, according to authorities.
Already facing criminal counts tied to that girl's experiences in LA County, the OC disclosure pads the charges against the former fourth-grade teacher at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington.
Most charges against Pimentel concern girls who the 57-year-old allegedly abused between September 2011 and March 2012, the same month he retired after learning he was under investigation. That move saved his pension and other benefits.
The girl said to have withstood continual abuse in Los Angeles County between Jan. 1, 2002, and Sept. 24, 2004, also turned up as one of four victims in a Newport Beach Police Department investigation, according to LA County prosecutors. The Orange County District Attorney's office is said to have declined to file charges, asking for more investigation of the September 2004 incident. That case file was recently turned over to LA's prosecutors.
Pimentel, who LA authorities arrested in Newport Beach on Jan. 23, now faces 16 felony counts: eight each of continuous sexual abuse and committing a lewd act on a child.
He joined LAUSD in 1974, so there are obviously fears the abuse dates back even longer than indicated by the current charges. If you know something that can help the continuing investigation, contact Los Angeles police detectives at 213.486.0570.
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