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LA teacher charged with child molestation

Posted: February 4, 2013 10:00 p.m.
Updated: February 4, 2013 10:00 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles middle school teacher has been arrested and charged for allegedly molesting three teenage girls.

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich says 32-year-old Jason Leon was charged Monday with multiple counts of child molestation and battery of students at Gaspar Portola Middle School.

After a 13-year-old girl alleged Leon touched her inappropriately on the last day of school in June 2012, another 13-year-old came forward with a similar story.

Another girl claims she was similarly abused by Leon in 2010, when she was 14.

LA school district officials say Leon was removed from campus when allegations first surfaced and has been housed at a non-school location away from students this year.

If convicted, Leon faces up to five and a half years in jail and $26,000 in fines.


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