Former Elementary School Students Accuse Teacher of Molestation

On September 18, 2013 a lawsuit was filed claiming that teacher Armando Gonzalez had sexually abused 3 of his former students at El Serrano Elementary school.

The three girls did not report the alleged wrong doing in the past until recently. According to the suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the girls “discovered that the psychological injury, illness, and suffering” were “caused by the childhood sexual harassment, molestation, and abuse.”

Dating to 2007, the district had warnings of Gonzalez’s unfitness to teach based on the previous episodes of touching, kissing girls on the lips, and fondling, which the suit charges. The lawsuit says that there might be up to 15 victims, a claim given by Luis Carrillo had said that it was based on the information provided by one of his clients.

When the district moved to dismiss Gonzalez back in 2012, District spokesman, Sean Rossell said “We take all allegations of the misconduct seriously,” then he added “Our top priority is the health and welfare of our students.”

On September 19, 2013 during a news conference, Carrillo said that the district was slow to act and they failed to protect the students.

“The good news is the school district worked to remove him from the classroom,” Carrillo said. “The bad news is they waited five years too long to remove him from the classroom-again they fell asleep.”