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Teachers aide charged in child sex case

OW Staff | 5/20/2012, 5 p.m.

A 25-year-old man employed as a teacher's aide at a Los Angeles elementary school was charged Monday, May 21, 2012, with a dozen felony counts for allegedly committing lewd acts on a child, the District Attorney's Office announced.

Jorge Luis Dominguez, 25, of Los Angeles is expected to be arraigned after 1:30 p.m. in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Deputy District Attorney Jane Creighton with the Sex Crimes Division said Dominguez is charged with 10 counts of lewd act on a child under 14. He is also charged with one count each of lewd act on a child 14 or older and possession of child pornography.

At the time of his arrest, Dominguez was employed as a teacher's aide at Gratts Learning Academy, a Los Angeles Unified School District elementary school.

The victim, who was 12 years old when the alleged abuse began, is not a Gratts student. The defendant met the boy at his former place of employment, Los Angeles Academy of Arts & Enterprise, where the defendant was a youth sports coach.

The alleged offenses took place between June 5, 2009, and May 17, 2012, according to the complaint.

If convicted as charged, Dominguez faces a maximum sentence of 27 years, four months in state prison. Prosecutors recommended his bail be set at $550,000.

This case is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.