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Leuzinger High School instructional aide arrested for alleged sexual assault


LAWNDALE, Calif. — A 60-year-old instructional aide at Leuzinger High School in Lawndale was facing possible charges today for allegedly sexually molesting a mentally challenged 16-year-old girl.

Juan Carlos Gutierrez was arrested Friday and was booked on suspicion of annoying or molesting a child, according to the sheriff’s department. He was released on bond Saturday.

According sheriff’s detectives, Gutierrez went into a stairwell at the school with the girl and fondled her over her clothing on Tuesday.

“The entire incident was captured on surveillance video,” according to the sheriff’s department.

Officials with the Centinela Valley Union High School District plan to discuss the allegations at a news conference. Anyone with more information about similar conduct by the suspect was urged to call the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau, (877) 710-LASD.