A Los Angeles Unified teacher's aide was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of lewd acts with a child after video of the alleged lewd acts was sent to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Jorge Dominguez, 25, was a part-time aide at Gratts Elementary School in Westlake, Los Angeles and has worked there since 2004. The alleged victim isn't a student at the school.
Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Fabian Lizarraga told CBS2/KCAL9 that police received the recording Wednesday evening. “We have enough evidence on the video to effect the arrest and book him,” said Lizarraga, and police arrested Dominguez the next morning before dawn.
Superintendent John Deasy called the allegations "sickening and horrifying" in a statement. The school district has since fired him.
In addition to his work at Gratts, Dominguez once worked as a coach at the Los Angeles Academy of Arts & Enterprise, a nearby charter school, reports the Los Angeles Times. He was hired through the Youth Policy Institute, an organization that runs free after-school programs on dozens of campuses. YPI administrators told the Times that they didn't believe the victim attended their program at the Los Angeles Academy.
Parents at both schools were invited to attend a school meeting about the arrest Friday morning.
The young teacher was popular among students at both schools, and the school community is stunned at the allegations. Parent Mary Cano told ABC7, "He's cool. He's always laughing and joking and running back and forth playing soccer with the kids."
A student who knew Dominguez well told KTLA, "He watches out for the yards, plays soccer with us and I'm really shocked."
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