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LAUSD janitor Paul Adame arrested for lewd acts, victim details withheld

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Paul Adame

A press conference was held Monday afternoon to address the latest LAUSD sexual abuse arrest, this time in Chatsworth.

Paul Adame, 37, a Germain Street Elementary School janitor, was arrested on Sunday on investigation of lewd acts against a child. The incident allegedly took place Friday during school hours, authorities confirmed.

Due to the sensitive nature of the incident, no details about about the assault will be released. The name, age and gender of the victim are also being withheld.  The victim's mother reported inappropriate contact to the Devonshire Area police station.

Adame, who has a misdemeanor conviction for driving without owners consent but no known history of sexual assault, is on "administrative leave," officials said. He will not be reassigned to another campus or have contact with school children.

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Another sexual abuse arrest hits LAUSD at Germain Street Elementary School

Another arrest has hit the LAUSD community.

Paul Adame, 37, a janitor employed at Germain Street Elementary School in Chatsworth was arrested Sunday for lewd acts against a child after a mother reported inappropriate contact between Adame and her child, said LAPD spokesman Cleon Joseph.

The mother went into Devonshire Area police station at about 3 p.m. Sunday to make the report and the Devonshire Detective Sexual Assault Unit will be investigating the felony allegations, Joseph said.

Adame was held in lieu of $100,000, and was released at 10:31 a.m. Monday after posting bail, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department inmate information center. He is due to be in court on Feb. 27.

Police will be holding a press conference at 2 p.m. in Chatsworth at the Devonshire Area Community Police Station.

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LAPD's sexually exploited child unit investigating music teacher allegations

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Hamilton High School

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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'An extremely difficult week for the LAUSD community,' superintendent says

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John Deasy, head of the Los Angeles Unified School District

After all the Hamilton teacher abuse allegations that surfaced this week, LAUSD superintendent John Deasy said he was "appalled and sickened" at news of the arrest of a second teacher at Miramonte Elementary School. Deasy could not be reached for comment but the district released this statement:

"As an educator and a father, I'm appalled and sickened by the allegations against this teacher," said the Superintendent. "The District is working closely with the entire Miramonte community to deal with the terrible trauma that has arisen as the result of the arrest of Mark Berndt earlier this week and today's arrest of Martin Springer."

Deasy noted that the District removed Springer from the Miramonte campus yesterday when he first learned of the allegations. He said he will ask the Board of Education early next week to immediately terminate Springer's employment.

"Though this has been an extremely difficult week for the entire LAUSD community," said Deasy, "we must never lose sight of the fact that the great majority of teachers in this District are caring, nurturing, and understanding toward their students."

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