Teacher Investigated for Lewd Act with a Minor

September 18, 2007

Los Angeles: Physical Education Teacher is being investigated for a Lewd Act with a Minor.

On August 8, 2007, investigators from the Los Angeles Police Department Sexually Exploited Child Unit obtained information from a former student at Crespi Carmelite High School alleging that he was sexually abused by a school employee.

The former student, now twenty-five years old, alleges that the abuse occurred while he attended the school during the 1997/1998 school year. The former student advised that the school employee was his Physical Education teacher and the varsity basketball coach.

The teacher has been employed with Crespi Carmelite High School since 1996 and is currently the athletic director of the school. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Detective Noggle, Internet Crimes Against Children Unit, and the LAPD are asking for the public’s help to identify other victims or witnesses who attended the school and/or who may have information pertaining to this investigation. Detective Noggle can be reached at 213-847-5358. On weekends or during off-hours call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).