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Washington High band director arrested for sex with a student

Corey Hogan, the Washington High School band director
Corey Hogan, the Washington High School band director Hawthorne Police Dept.

A Washington High School band director has been arrested for having sex with a 16-year-old student from a nearby L.A. charter school, police said today.

Corey Hogan, 32, of Hawthorne, was arrested Monday while at the high school and booked on unlawful sex with a minor. Hogan was held in jail overnight and released this afternoon after posting $100,000 bail.

The now 17-year-old student who attends Lou Dantzler Prepatory Charter High School in Los Angeles went with her mother Monday to Hawthorne Police to report she had sex with him in his apartment, said Hawthorne Police Lt. Scott Swain.

According to Swain, the alleged victim said she befriended Hogan while on the charter school's dance team. The school uses the Washington High School campus, where Hogan is the band director, for practice and competitions. The alleged incident occurred during the early part of the 2011 high school football season. The dance team performed at Washington High and then afterward Hogan gave her and a few other students a ride home. After the other students were dropped off, the alleged victim agreed to go to Hogan's apartment in Hawthorne where she agreed to have sex with him.

"Sometime in the last couple days the mom was going through and found a text message or something, and confronted the daughter on it, and that's how this came to light," Swain said.

Hogan began his career with LAUSD as a substitute teacher in November 2005, said district spokeswoman Gayle Terry-Pollard. He was assigned to Washington Prep as a teacher-intern in September 2006. He remained there on a temporary contract through June 30, 2011. In September he returned as a probationary teacher.

Hogan has no previous criminal history or allegations of this sort against him, Swain said.

Tami Abdollah can be reached via email and on Twitter (@latams).


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