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Miramonte abuse scandal developments: Teacher aide's alleged love letters, and 1 child recants

Miramonte Elementary School scandals get muddier as more is revealed.
Miramonte Elementary School scandals get muddier as more is revealed.
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There have been two new developments in the Miramonte child abuse scandals, both via the L.A. Times.

First, the Times reports former Miramonte teacher's aide Araceli Luisjuan allegedly wrote three love letters to an 11-year-old boy. The mother told the Times that she made the discovery in June 2009:

"One letter, meant as a short-term farewell note, included a passage that the mother found especially disturbing: 'When I was writing this letter, I was crying. My heart was breaking into pieces," wrote the teacher's aide, who has been identified as Areceli Luisjuan. "Oh! I didn't tell you that I like when you put your arm around my shoulder, and if I told you not to do that it's because I don't want to put you in trouble, but I like it…'"

The distraught mother said the teacher's aide appeared to be in her 50s. Luisjuan was in the process of being relocated to a nearby middle school, hence the parting nature of the letters.

Also, one of the two girls who accused Miramonte Elementary teacher Martin Springer of fondling her has recanted her story, law enforcement officials told the Times.

Springer has pleaded not guilty to charges from only one of the girls. Judge Upinder Kalra set bail at $300,000 and directed Springer to wear an ankle monitoring device if released. He must also stay 100 yards from the alleged victim and witnesses, and 250 feet from schools and parks, and may not be in the company of minors without a supervising adult.