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News Release

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Media Relations

School Security Guard Arrested for Sexual Assault

Los Angeles: Los Angeles police have arrested a school security guard in connection with the sexual assault of an 11-year-old female student at Gompers Middle School.

The sexual assault occurred on October 26, 2007, inside the school building. According to investigators, at about 10:30 a.m., a 42-year-old security guard identified as Donald Johnson, aka“DJ,” saw two female students on their way to class and stopped them. Johnson told one of the girls to go back to class and he told the other that he was taking her to the attendance office located in a different building. Instead of taking the girl to the attendance office, Johnson took her outside behind the building. After looking around to make sure no one was in the area, Johnson covered the girl’s mouth with his hand and began touching her under her clothing. He then threatened to kill the victim if she told anyone about the incident, authorities said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released following a sexual assault examination.

On October 29, 2007, police arrested Johnson at Gompers Middle School and booked him for Kidnap for the Purpose of Sexual Assault. His bail was set at $1 million.

Johnson had been employed as a security guard at the school for four years. He had previously worked as a janitor there.

“Given the nature of this crime, we believe there may be additional victims out there who may have been assaulted by this suspect, and we are asking that they come forward and report it", said Detective Oscar Gamino.

A photo of Johnson is available through Media Relations Section.

Anyone who has been a victim of Johnson or have information about this incident is asked to call Southeast Sex Crimes Unit Officer Caterino Perez at 213-972-7856. After hours and on weekends, please call the 24-hour Detective Information Desk at 1-877-LAW-FULL. 529-3855.