Education

LAUSD 4th-grade teacher gets 12 years for sex abuse

File: Robert Pimentel (CQ), left, a former fourth-grade teacher, with his defense attorney, Richard Knickerbocker, right, as he is arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
File: Robert Pimentel (CQ), left, a former fourth-grade teacher, with his defense attorney, Richard Knickerbocker, right, as he is arraigned in Los Angeles Superior Court in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.
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A former fourth-grade teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the sexual abuse of three students and a female relative.

A district attorney's statement says 58-year-old Robert Pimentel received the sentence Thursday.

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Last month, Pimentel pleaded no contest to three felony counts of lewd acts on a child and continuous sexual abuse involving a female relative. The allegations of student abuse dated from the 2011-2012 school year, the relative abuse from 2002 to 2004.

He had also been ordered to trial on 10 more counts that were dropped under a plea agreement.

Pimentel had worked for the district since 1974 and he had been a teacher at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School when the allegations arose.