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LAUSD officials confirmed yet another teacher has been removed from the classroom, just hours after attorney Brian Claypool called on the district to stop ignoring their own policies and to remove teachers accused of lewd conduct. This time, it's a teacher from John Sutter Junior High School in Canoga Park; the teacher's name has yet to be released.
Claypool, the lawyer for several Miramonte Elementary School families who filed lewd conduct claims against a teacher, had said that LAUSD continues to ignore its own policies, leaving accused teachers in classrooms and in the midst of potential victims.
As of this afternoon, the teacher removed from John Sutter Junior High is being housed in a non-teaching office. According to Claypool, the teacher was recently accused by a colleague of fondling two female students.
"The two specific instances that were reported: He was rubbing the thigh of a little girl, and also that he had fondled the breast of another little girl," Claypool said. "Amid some other allegations of intimidation of staring at the breasts of other little girls."
Claypool says that while school and district administrators failed to act on the allegations for more than five days, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department launched an investigation. The Sheriff's Department would not confirm whether or not they’re looking into the allegations.
Claypool is pushing for legislation to establish independent investigations of complaints against teachers, saying teachers who report misconduct often fear retaliation.
John Sutter Junior High administrators plan to notify parents of the allegations against the latest teacher via robo-calls and letters sent home with students.
This story has been updated.