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Monday, February 6, 2012

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Janitor Arrested for Lewd Acts on a Child NR12067cj

February 6, 2012

A photo of the suspect has been added to the news release.

Los Angeles:
LAPD Devonshire Area detectives are seeking information on possible victims who may have been sexually assaulted by a janitor at Germain Elementary School.

On February 5, 2012, around 3 p.m., the mother of a student at Germain Elementary School went to the Devonshire Area police station and reported an inappropriate contact between a janitor employed at the school and her child.  The Devonshire Detective Sexual Assault Unit responded to the station and assumed responsibility for the investigation.

With the assistance of Los Angeles School Police Department, the suspect, Paul Adame, was identified, and arrested for 288(a) P.C. (Lewd Act with a Child).  Due to the nature of this ongoing investigation and the need to protect the identity of the victim, no information is being released regarding the criminal behavior, or the name, age or gender of the child.

Devonshire Area detectives are requesting parents of students at Germain Elementary to speak with their children regarding Adame to determine if they were subjected to any inappropriate behavior.  If any child has witnessed an inappropriate contact with Adame, the parents should immediately contact the Devonshire Sexual Assault Unit at 818-832-0609. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). 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.