Newport Teacher Arrested for Alleged Sexual Abuse of 20 Students

Police say Newport Beach resident Robert Pimental sexually abused 20 students and one adult while teaching in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

ORANGE COUNTY, CA -- An elementary school teacher from Newport Beach was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles on suspicion of sexually abusing 20 students.

Robert Pimental, a 57-year-old fourth grade teacher at George De La Torre Jr. Elementary School in Wilmington has been accused by 20 children and one adult of sexual abuse, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed eight counts of continuous sexual abuse and seven counts of lewd acts upon a child against Pimental. Pimental was being held at LAPD Metropolitan Detention Center on $12 million bail.

According to police, LAPD Juvenile Division’s Sexually Exploited Child Unit began their investigation into Pimental on March 15, 2012 when several girls told their parents that they had been inappropriately touched by Pimental at school. 

Pimental was employed by the Los Angeles Unified School District since 1974 but left his teaching position when the investigation began. In a released statement, United Teachers Los Angeles -- the union representing the district's
teachers -- said Pimental is no longer a union member.

"The allegations described are horrific," the statement said. "As teachers we have a duty to uphold the trust our students and their parents place in us."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Juvenile Detective Division at 213-486-0570. 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 or 800-222-8477.

StuckInCali2Long January 25, 2013 at 06:45 PM
They have a degree for teaching and they don't have a criminal record.
StuckInCali2Long January 25, 2013 at 06:47 PM
It needs to be reported because parents need to be aware of the dangers their children face and some parents are pretty naive so they need to hear it over and over again. I totally agree with executing these pukes. They should be killed on the spot because in CA inmates die of old age on death row. Over 700 and counting....
BILL January 25, 2013 at 07:11 PM
This S O B should be hung by his [ you know what]
dan perkins January 25, 2013 at 07:57 PM
You must not be aware of a study in both Canada and the UK that suggests that pedafilia is an alternative life style like homosexual relationships. If other parts of the world don't think it wrong how long will it be before NAMBNA want the law changed so they can do whatever they want to children? Don't think it could happen it is already under consideration north of the border and over the pond.
Horace Mann January 25, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Is there any proof that the teacher did anything wrong - kids are scum now that there are no consequences for actions. Did the teacher upset the class and they came after him with a group lie?
Horace Mann January 25, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Kids are now like the Clinton's and Obama's - they lie lie lie and the lies will become truth if repeated enough. Trust the teacher. Find out what happened before the problem existed - what didn't the students want to do.
Texas NDN January 25, 2013 at 08:38 PM
Just do the taxpayers a favour & cure him of his cranial lead deficeny.
Horace Mann January 25, 2013 at 08:55 PM
That's what I said: How do we know the 30 plus year teacher is guilty? Kids now adays are liars. The guy would have been caught years ago if he was a dirt bag... maybe the district just wanted a teacher under 30k.
Raffaela Forero January 25, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Earl January 25, 2013 at 09:16 PM
It`s funny how most of yo upeople have tried and convicted this man already. I`m not saying he didn`t do anything, but I`m also not saying he did. I too was accused by a student last year of taking pix of students and posting them on a supposed ped . site. My classroom computer was confiscated, I was hauled down to the main conference room and grilled by top Board of Ed people........after everything was investigated and I was feling like a worm, it was found out the student was lying because he didn`t want to do his work and got an F from me . The parent was upset that I had givenr her kid anF. All the other teachers were having serious problems with him and the principal knew his reputation....I was innocent, but the victim of student retaliation.
Horace Mann January 25, 2013 at 10:11 PM
I had two girls say to the principal that I looked like I might say something mean to them. The liberal principal, instead of kicking the two dirt bags out of school, wrote me up every week for six months - I resigned at the year end... I did nothing wrong. The principal moved on a year later and the girls moved on to drugs government aid and another vote for the dems..
Moscato January 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM
@jcohen: I warned my children daily about predators to the point that they rolled their eyes. I trained my 8 yo daughter the most intensely. Sure enough the moment came when some 45 yo monster "inappropriately" touched her. She told me within 15 min of it happening, and I believed her. I beat the s**t out of him (btw, I'm a mom) and called the police. I also began calling other parents that I had seen with this pos and sure enough there were other victims that came forward. It took 6 months for the entire process, and now he will spend the next 8 1/2 years in Wasco prison. My point being, I never thought that it could happen because I knew my kids were aware and knew what to do. My daughter froze when this happened to her. She doesn't know why, but I do. It's much like being robbed at gun point or punched by a stranger. You THINK you'd know what to do, but when the time comes, everyone is different. Predators are just that. Hunters. I pray that all your children are safe this day.
osceola January 25, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Why just teachers? Not every abuser is a teacher why not psychological evaluation on every human and if they are found to have child abuse potential we "fix" them so they cannot breed anymore? Your comment is idiotic - abusers come in all walks of life.
wilbur January 25, 2013 at 10:31 PM
He couldn't be so bad if they knew about it 8 months ago an just now got around to arresting him for it. Oh my...he touched my arm...that pervert.. Did he do all 20 kids an a teacher at once? Not the first time a teacher wasn't liked... I know how to git rid of him...
Ricardo Ortiz January 25, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Don't see a problem with it. They probably wanted it. Lil Sluts
Rose Young-Stewart January 25, 2013 at 11:15 PM
he's no longer in the union he has not even been teaching for a whole year.
Rose Young-Stewart January 25, 2013 at 11:17 PM
your abuser brother probably told him when it was happening. why is it you did not report him to the police?. If someone in your family commits a crime, do you tell another family member? No.
Rose Young-Stewart January 25, 2013 at 11:18 PM
what are you in the first grade, cant read?
Rose Young-Stewart January 25, 2013 at 11:20 PM
where's the rest of your sentence?
Rose Young-Stewart January 25, 2013 at 11:24 PM
see? this is why some Americans don't know whats going on in the world... take this tony moschetti for example, he can't read every word but he can write. How is that possible? Well i'll tell you. He only reads what he wants to read then gets most of the information from other people who can absorb information in their skull.
Doug Jorgensen January 26, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Bob Hillard January 26, 2013 at 01:02 AM
I believe if we would allow prayer back in school, this stuff would not be so common. People don't want God in school so Satan steps in.
Doug Jorgensen January 26, 2013 at 01:02 AM
No....to us he's a sicko...for him...the joy of getting away with something is his/her fantasy!
Deb January 26, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Anytime a teacher is formally ACCUSED of any act of this nature, the teacher is automatically required to go on leave. They are not allowed to return to campus until they are cleared of the crime. Teachers are not allowed to discuss students or accusations by students with the public because of confidentially laws for minors. In other words, you will not hear anything until it goes to trial. Regardless, the teacher's life is destroyed, even if they are found not guilty. Look at the man's record. Don't judge until all the facts are in!
Deb January 26, 2013 at 01:12 AM
FACTS- There are more than one teacher unions. Unions will not discuss individual cases until the trial is over. Many teachers do not belong to a union. A teacher with almost 40 years without any prior accusations doesn't add up. I know there is still a slim chance he is guilty, but the allegations are just that at this time, allegations!
Bruce Washington January 26, 2013 at 01:18 AM
Whats worse, some crazy ass man shooting our children or this sick SOB molesting them and leaving scares within our children for the rest of their lives?
Alex Daniels January 26, 2013 at 01:46 AM
How much more failure do we need from LAUSD to break it up and rebuild it.The only reason tyat the parents havent risen in arms over this travesty is that 50 percent of the parents are undocumented and do not wish to make waves...LAUSD takes advantage of this and as a result produces a 55 percent drop out rate and skills scores in the 40 percentile while being the 5th highest paid teachers in the country.The UTLA also sets up so many barriers to fire a teacheer..As a result we have LAUSD which is an utter failure..The needs of the children have to finally come before the f^&%%&& greed of the teachers and union and their F*&^*& bloated salary and pension needs. Shame on you greedy selfish pieces of s&&^....As ALL you in the LAUSD stand silent with over proetective union rules that permits parents to send these innocent children into this meat grinder system which protects these abusive teachers, may you all rot in hell....
Brian Gordon January 26, 2013 at 01:49 AM
Robert: Prayer is the answer? Which religion's? Do we go Incan and sacrifice virgins? Hebrew, and learn enough of the language to read the Torah in class? Islam, learn Arabic so we can read the Qaran? Or do you just mean YOUR religion?
John Koons January 26, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Yes, this is quite sick. I can't help but notice, however, that once again, the straight offender gets page 41 and I can't remember what page the Jewish councilor had ... but when it involves a victim of the same sex, it hits the front page where bigots tend claim that all gay people are pedofiles. I KNOW ... this isn't the issue and I hope this guy gets everything coming to him and ALL children need to be protected from such parasites. I had a wonderfully innocent childhood and I can't understand how a person can rob a child of this. Hell, I can't understand how anyone can date a person of legal age yet so much younger than him/her. What can they possibly have in common with which to hold a conversation? Again, not the issue. I'm tired and shouldn't be writing.
John January 26, 2013 at 08:55 AM
Just tie him to a tree and put fishhooks through his ba***.


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