Skip to comments.LAUSD chief under criticism in school sex abuse case
Posted on 05/17/2008 4:38:47 PM PDT by Haddit
Schools Superintendent David L. Brewer's is coming under criticism from prosecutors for sending two high school administrators back to work after they were criminally charged with failing to report a student's sexual abuse claims.
David Demerjian, head of the Los Angeles district attorney's Public Integrity Division, told the Los Angeles Times that it's "very unusual" for public officials accused of a crime to be allowed to return to their jobs -- particularly when they deal with children.
"We prosecute a lot of public employees, and they are usually placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the trial," he said.
Jesus Angulo, principal of South East High School in South Gate, and Maria Sotomayor, an assistant principal, were charged May 1 with failing to report child abuse allegations by a girl who said substitute teacher Jesus Salvador Saenz had sex with her.
As district employees, they are mandated by state law and district policy to report any reasonable suspicion of child abuse.
You are absolutely right. Heres what happened.
To: email@example.com Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Molestation High Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 13:57:06 -0400
Timothy your story yesterday was right on and John and Ken you should be proud. But, you need the rest of the ugly story the district and the administration of South Gate Police Department is trying to keep secret. I am a police officer with LAUSD. LAUSD Officer Barajas was just transfered (when Angulo returned to work) far away from Southeast high school to keep him quiet and as punishment for standing up and doing the right thing. He is a hero and should be vindicated. This is what really happened at Southeast HS that you dont know about.
In February of this year the girl who was molested by the teacher in 2007 came directly to Officer Barajas and told him that in 2007 when she reported her rape Angulo and Sotomeyer beat her down in an interogation for three hours and intimidated her into changing her story when she was really in fact molested. She told Officer Barajas that she wanted something done but they refused. Knowing Angulo would try and cover it up like they did last year he did the right thing and reported this conversation not to Angulo but first directly to South Gate Police Department. The detective handling the case for SGPD interviewed the girl and knew immediately this should have been reported in 2007 and filed a criminal case not just with the local court but with the DA's public integrity unit. That is how Mr Demurgen got involved and indicted the teacher as well as Angulo and Sotomeyer.
Now the cover up and the real reason Angulo is back to work. Members of the administration of the South Gate Police Department (Chief and Captains) are very, very close personal friends with Angulo. Fortunately for the kids at SEHS these police administrators were not aware that their own hard working detectives and the DA's office did this investigation and got the indictments for these crimes until it was in the news or there may have been no investigation. Angulo's friends at the SGPD's administration after finding out about the indictments immediately wrote a secret letter on City of South Gate Chief of Police letterhead to the LAUSD administration supporting Angulo and attempting to counteract the indictments and stop Angulo's suspension. It worked and he's now back at SEHS where he can further protect molesters.
How do police administrators get off supporting a defendant in an active case that has not even gone to trial? I think the public integrity unit should investigate the Chief and Captains at South Gate PD and the involved administrators should be indicted and fired. Some of us think some members of the South Gate police administration may have known about the original molestation in 2007 from Angulo and didnt follow the law and investigate it as required. This may be another reason for them writing the letter and trying to derail this case. Mr. Angulo is now telling staff members who are shocked and dismayed that he is back to work that the police department would never have written this letter if he had done something wrong. These school staff members know better and are dishartened that he is back. What kind of message is this sending to other kids who may be molested and are afraid to report it.
It's common knowledge that SEHS is refered to by many staff members as molestation high. Mr. Angulo and the SGPD administration should be ashamed of themself.
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