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LAUSD board unanimously approves firing 2 teachers accused of sexual misconduct

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LAUSD board meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012

The LAUSD board unanimously approved the firing of a Hamilton High School music magnet teacher and a Miramonte Elementary School teacher accused of sexual misconduct with students in closed session today, a district spokesman said.

Vance Miller, 59, is accused of sexual battery during the mid-1990s through 2010, according to attorney Anthony De Marco, who represents the alleged victims. Two civil lawsuits have been filed against him, including one filed today, De Marco said.

Martin Springer, 49, was arrested last week on allegations that he fondled two girls within the last three years. He will be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. today at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

"Those two were among those the board has taken action to dismiss today unanimously," said district spokesman Tom Waldman. The teachers now have 30 days to appeal, Waldman said.

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Second lawsuit filed against Hamilton High music teacher and LAUSD

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A second civil lawsuit has been filed today alleging sexual misconduct against a popular Hamilton High School music magnet teacher and the Los Angeles Unified School District, an attorney said.

Four students have accused Vance Miller, 59, of sexual misconduct during the mid-1990s through 2010, according to attorney Anthony De Marco, who represents the alleged victims.

Miller’s case is before the LAUSD board today for dismissal proceedings. The 2010 Southern California Oustanding Music Educator of the Year was removed from his classroom in September 2010 because of the allegations.

On Monday, the LAPD opened an investigation into Miller for alleged sexual misconduct with children based on a KPCC report that the popular music teacher had showered naked with students at a local gym. Today, KPCC reported one man, now 39, showered with Miller as a student at Loyola Village Elementary School in 1983.

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Former Loyola Elementary School student says music teacher was 'weird' with him in 1983

Loyola Village Elementary School

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Gerald Nafpaktitis, 39, was a sixth grader at Loyola Village Elementary School's performing arts magnet in 1983 to 1984 when he got to know his music teacher Vance Miller, now accused of sexual abuse by multiple students.

At the time, Nafpaktitis was an 11-year-old student and Miller a 31-year-old teacher who had been teaching at LAUSD for about eight years.

For much of that school year, Nafpaktitis traveled with Miller weekly after class to the Westchester Family YMCA two miles away to play racquetball. Afterward the two would shower naked a couple feet away from each other in the locker room. Often they would then head to the Hollywood Bowl, where Miller worked as an usher, to see a show.

"His whole thing was like you have to shower after you get all sweaty before we go to the Hollywood Bowl," Nafpaktitis said.

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LAPD's sexually exploited child unit investigating music teacher allegations

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The Los Angeles Police Department's sexually exploited child unit has launched an investigation into allegations that a Hamilton High School music magnet teacher showered naked with students at a local gym, said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith Monday.

Smith said the department would conduct a new investigation into Vance Miller, 59, of Los Angeles after KPCC reported that a former student said that when he was a 17-year-old junior he showered with the teacher and two other students.

The three-detective unit handles cases involving a person in a position of trust with a child such as a school teacher, priest, or scout leader, Smith said.

"It's been forwarded to the SECU detectives and they're going to be following up on it," Smith said. "Even if it's down statute, we will look into it and present it to the district attorney." 

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LAPD to launch investigation into Hamilton High teacher accused of sexual abuse

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Hamilton High from above.

The Los Angeles Police Department is launching an investigation into allegations that a Hamilton High School music magnet teacher showered naked with students at a local gym, said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith Friday.

Smith said the department would conduct a new investigation into Vance Miller, 59, of Los Angeles after KPCC reported earlier today that a former student said that when he was a 17-year-old junior, he showered with the teacher and two other students.

At least 10 students have alleged sexual abuse by Miller from the mid-1990s through 2010 and one has filed suit against the teacher and the Los Angeles Unified School District, said attorney Anthony De Marco, who represents alleged victims. Miller, a popular and respected music teacher who led the orchestra, taught at Hamilton for 17 years and with the district for more than 35 years. 

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