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Ex-Los Angeles elementary teacher charged with molesting 13 children

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Amended complaint alleging ex-Telfair Elementary teacher Paul Chapel committed repeated acts of continuous sexual abuse on children.

Paul William Chapel, an ex-Telfair Elementary School teacher in Pacoima jailed since October, has been charged with sexually abusing 13 children -- seven girls and six boys.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that Chapel, charged last fall with continuous sexual abuse of three girls and a boy, says a revised criminal complaint filed last week accuses him of committing lewd acts with nine other boys and girls. In one case, the accusation is that Chapel molested a boy for three years beginning in 2006.

Chapel is charged with "molestation during the years he taught third grade at Telfair, a predominantly Latino campus in Pacoima," notes the newspaper.

At least one of the alleged victims was a student at the school, according to detectives. Additional victims were identified as part of an ongoing LAPD investigation.

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Penn State scandal inspires new bill in California

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A new bill, crafted in response to the Penn State sex abuse scandal, was unanimously passed by California lawmakers on Thursday. 

In a 69-0 vote, the Assembly approved a bill that would legally require employees of public and private higher education institutions to report suspected instances of child sexual abuse that occur on school grounds, or at a sanctioned program.

The bill's author, L.A. Democratic Assemblyman Mike Feuer, said it's not enough to depend on a person's sense of moral obligation in reporting child sex abuse. 

Under existing California law, public school teachers, aides, doctors and others are already mandated to report such claims, or face the possibility of fines and jail time.

The bill now moves to the Senate. 

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is scheduled in court on June 5.

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