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LAUSD Administrator Pleads
in Child Abuse Case

September 3, 2008
Contacts: Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
Shiara Dávila, Assistant PIO
(213) 974-3525

LOS ANGELES – One of two LAUSD administrators who allegedly failed to report information about a sexual encounter between a teacher and student pleaded no contest today, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Juliet Schmidt of the Public Integrity Division said Jesus I. Angulo, 35, pleaded to one misdemeanor count of failure to report child abuse. The plea was not part of a negotiated settlement with the District Attorney’s Office.

Commissioner Michael Garcia sentenced the defendant to two years of probation and 100 hours of community service. The defendant also was ordered to pay $120 fine.

Codefendant Maria Sotomayor, 36, is due to return on Sept. 9 for a pretrial hearing.

In May, charges were filed against Angulo, principal of South East High School in South Gate, and Sotomayor, assistant principal. The charges against Angulo and Sotomayor, both of Downey, stemmed from an incident in March 2007 when a substitute teacher allegedly had sex with a female student.

The substitute teacher, Jesus Salvador Saenz, 31, was charged in March with one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. The defendant, charged in case No. TA095986, was held to answer to the charge Aug. 28 following a preliminary hearing. Deputy District Attorney Simone Shay of Compton Branch Office has been assigned to prosecute the case.

Angulo and Sotomayor allegedly learned of the offense seven months later, but failed to report the information as required by law and Los Angeles Unified School District policy.


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