Note: the last name of the accused has been changed throughout.
A Newport Beach man, who had been a Los Angeles Unified School District teacher from 1974 through March 2012, is accused of having abused at least 20 children and one adult, according to police in LA.
Robert Pimentel, 57, was arrested Wednesday, charged by prosecutors with eight counts of continuous sexual abuse and seven counts of lewd acts on a child, and jailed in lieu of $12 million bail.
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After several girls told their parents the teacher had touched them inappropriately, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) launched an investigation, according to a spokesman. Pimentel retired as a fourth-grade teacher at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington after the abuse probe began, according to police.
Retiring before his arrest preserved his pension and benefits, according to school district officials bound by state law.
The investigation continues, and anyone with information is asked to contact LAPD detectives at 213.486.0570.