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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

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Special Education Teacher Arrested

Los Angeles:A special education teacher is under arrest for Lewd Acts with a Dependent Adult.

On Monday, August 20,2007,Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Sexually Exploited Child Unit (SECU) and Internet Crimes Against Children Unit (ICACU), arrested Fred Johnson, 60, at his North Hollywood home, on charges of Lewd Acts with a Dependent Adult. He is being held on $800,000 bail.

On August 10,2007, an aide in Johnson’s class notified the principal that she had witnessed Johnson display inappropriate behavior toward several students in the Special Education Program. The police were immediately notified.

Detectives from SECU and ICACU conducted numerous interviews at the school and identified three additional victims of sexual assault. The victims ranged from 14 to 19 years of age. The case is being presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney Sex Crimes Division for filing consideration.

Johnson had worked at John Marshall High School since 1992.

Anyone with information is requested to contact Detectives Carlos Monterroso or Traci Noggle at 213-847-5358. On weekends or during off-hours call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).