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State agency suspends teaching credential of LAUSD coach

A screen shot of Kip Arnold's suspended teaching credential for misconduct.
A screen shot of Kip Arnold's suspended teaching credential for misconduct.
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The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing today suspended the credential of an L.A. Unified physical education teacher charged with multiple felony counts of sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl.

Kip Richard Arnold, 51, a Southeast Middle School teacher, was charged Friday with three felony counts of lewd acts on a child who was 14, two counts of oral copulation of a person under 16, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object, plus one count of evading an officer, according to Deputy District Attorney Diana Martinez.

Arnold is on unpaid leave from his teaching position with L.A. Unified as of Monday, district officials said.

"The staff of employee relations will monitor the criminal proceedings until the matter is concluded," said LAUSD spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry. She said the state's education code requires a mandatory leave of absence when a teacher is charged with committing a sex offense.

Arnold has been a teacher with LAUSD for eight years and previously worked at Nimitz Middle School, Gage Middle School and Orchard Academies 2B.

Arnold remained in stable condition in the hospital following a police pursuit last week that ended with a crash; he will be arraigned once he is cleared by doctors and released. 

Arnold was allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl at Nimitz Middle School between June and September 2005. If convicted, Arnold will face up to seven years in state prison.

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