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Friday, February 21, 2014

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Investigators Seeking Possible Additional Victims

Los Angeles:   The Los Angeles Police Department and Northeast Area-Sexual Assault Detail detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating additional students who may have been victims of a teacher who was arrested for sexual assault.

On February 21, 2014, around 4:30 p.m., detectives from Northeast Area-Sexual Assault Detail arrested 47-year-old, Peter Christopher Gomez, a resident of La Habra, for felony sexual assault in the 4300 block of Bell Avenue, in the City of Bell.

The alleged sexual assaults occurred in 1999 when he was a teacher at Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park.  Gomez is currently a Drama and History teacher at Bell Senior High School.   

A warrant was issued for his arrest. His bail has been set for $950,000.00.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact Detectives Lina Teague or Michelle Gomez at Northeast Division, Sexual Assault Detail at (323) 344-5742.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7.  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.