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Former LAUSD teacher Pimentel accused of another lewd act

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Robert Pimentel (CQ), a former fourth-grade teacher charged with multiple counts of sexual molestation, is arraigned at Los Angeles Superior Court, in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.

The former Los Angeles schoolteacher accused of molesting a dozen girls faces an additional criminal charge stemming from an investigation eight years ago.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney filed a new charge Thursday against Robert Pimentel, 57, alleging that he committed a lewd act on a child in Orange County in 2004.

Authorities arrested Pimentel last week and charged him with 15 counts of continuous sexual abuse and lewd acts on a dozen unnamed young girls.

The criminal complaint states that from 2002 to 2004, Pimentel allegedly continuously sexually abused one of those girls. The new charge says that same girl was a victim of a lewd act Pimentel committed in Orange County in 2004. 

Newport Beach police investigated that allegation in 2004. It involved three other children but the Orange County District Attorney twice sent the case back to police for more evidence, and didn't file charges.

Los Angeles police say several girls told their parents that Pimentel inappropriately touched them. In March, police began investigating him and Pimentel retired.

Pimentel taught fourth-grade at De La Torre Elementary School in Wilmington. He had worked with L.A. Unified since 1974 in various school jobs and began teaching in 2000. Pimentel was also a youth soccer volunteer in Newport Beach since 2005.

Pimentel remains in jail on $12 million bail. His next court date is scheduled for Feb. 21.

Meanwhile, a state teacher certification commission will decide what to do about the former De La Torre elementary school principal, Irene Hinojosa. LAPD investigators are looking into whether they’ll ask the district attorney to prosecute. They say Hinojosa had knowledge of Pimentel’s behavior with girls but didn’t report him.

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