Administrator Pleads Guilty in Child Abuse Case
November 3, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Joe Scott, Director of Communications
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Jane Robison, News Secretary
ANGELES – An assistant principal of a South Gate high school
accused of failing to report information about a sexual encounter
between a teacher and student pleaded guilty today, the District
Attorney’s Office announced.
Deputy District Attorney Juliet Schmidt of the Public Integrity
Division said Maria Sotomayor, 36, pleaded guilty before Los Angeles
Superior Court Commissioner Michael Garcia to failing to report
Sotomayor was sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of
community service. The school's principal Jesus Angulo, 36, pleaded
no contest in an open plea to the court to one count of failure to
report child abuse on Sept. 3.
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 on 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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