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Teacher Allegedly Filmed Students Under Desks, Says Officials At Rancho Dominguez Prep School (VIDEO)

Posted: 04/20/2012 6:09 pm

Substitute Teacher Filmed Students

A substitute teacher at Rancho Dominguez Prep School in Long Beach, Calif. has been removed from the classroom for allegedly filming students from underneath a desk.

A sixth grader named Christopher told CBS2 that he was the one to discover the hidden camera, which had fallen to the floor from underneath a classroom table.

“I grabbed it, and when I was grabbing it, my teacher snatched it out of my hand,” Christopher said to CBS2. “I asked him, ‘What are you gonna do with it?’, and he said, ‘Don’t worry about it’.”

Someone else ended up reporting the discovery to school administrators, who in turn told officials at Los Angeles Unified School District. The Long Beach police department is currently investigating the case.

LAUSD official Daryl Strickland says that the teacher was not a regular substitute teacher at Rancho Dominguez prep. As soon as officials learned about the accusation, the teacher was immediately removed from the school.

"He is not here, students are safe," Strickland said to KTLA. "We are trying to communicate with parents, students, teachers and the community -- let everyone know what we know at this point."


Rancho Dominguez Prep principal Keri Lew sent home to school parents about the teacher's removal, and the district will be holding a meeting for the school community at 5 p.m. on campus.

Earlier on HuffPost: Several LAUSD teachers have been arrested after being accused of misconduct with students

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Staff Position: Part-time teacher's aide for Gratts Learning Academy and a sports coach at the Los Angeles Academy of Arts & Enterprise. He has since been terminated from the Gratts post and no longer works at the Los Angeles Academy.

Arrest Date: May 17, 2012

Accused Of: Dominguez was arrested after video of the alleged lewd acts was sent to the Los Angeles Police Department. The victim was 12 when the alleged abuse began, and the abuse allegedly took place over a span of three years. The two met at the Los Angeles Academy.

Current Status: Dominguez faces arraignment May 21, where he will be charged with 10 counts of lewd act on a child under 14. He is also charged with one count each of lewd act on a child 14 or older and possession of child pornography.

If convicted, he could face 27 years and four months in state prison. Prosecutors recommended his bail be set at $550,000.
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