LAUSD teacher pleads no contest to molesting a 10-year-old male student
Veteran teacher taught at Queen Anne Elementary School
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A man who taught at a Los Angeles elementary school pleaded no contest today to molesting a 10-year-old male student.
Forrest Miles Stobbe, 41, pleaded no contest to two counts of lewd act on a child and one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, said Deputy District Attorney Bradley McCartt.
Stobbe -- who was a fifth-grade teacher at Queen Anne Elementary School - - is facing 16 years in prison when sentenced Oct. 6 for the crimes that occurred between Oct. 31, 2008, and July 15, 2009.
Stobbe was arrested on Aug. 4, 2009, near his home following an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department's Sexually Exploited Child Unit. He has remained jailed since then on nearly $4 million bail.
More than a dozen mothers of former Miramonte Elementary School students have sued Los Angeles Unified for negligence, claiming their lives also were affected by the acts of a teacher accused of lewd conduct with their children.
The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and comes two months after another suit was filed on behalf of 20 offspring of the plaintiffs in the latest case.
A Theodore Roosevelt High School Spanish teacher was free on bail this week following her arrest on suspicion of having sex with two students—the latest in a string of sex-abuse cases that have bedeviled the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Gabriela Cortez, 42, was arrested Feb. 22 and booked on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, said Montebello police Lt. Luis Lopez. She posted $140,000 bail and was ordered to appear in court March 22.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—A board covering a sign naming the auditorium of a Hollywood elementary school for Michael Jackson was removed.
The sign was unveiled in 1989 when the auditorium at Gardner Street Elementary School, which Jackson attended, was refurbished, but was covered when Jackson was charged with child molestation. The sign remained covered despite his acquittal.
The superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) believes that student test scores should be part of teachers’ evaluations.
Ramon C. Cortines, who is retiring next year, told administrators recently that the district will develop a new evaluation system, and he wants at least 30 percent of a teacher’s evaluation based on the scores. Currently, pupils’ California Standardized Test (CST) scores do not figure in the instructors’ evaluations.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Voters will fill the final seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District board today, choosing between a former assistant to the mayor and an attorney who is also a teacher.