LA Asistant Principal Charged With Lewd Acts With Student

A middle school assistant principal was charged Thursday with committing forcible lewd acts on a 13-year-old girl.

Steven Thomas Rooney, 39, was charged on Thursday with five felony counts, the district attorney's office said.

Rooney, the assistant principal at Markham Middle School in South Los Angeles, faces up to 34 years in state prison if convicted.

Rooney made his first court appearance in the afternoon, where Superior Court Commissioner Henry J. Hall ordered him held on $1 million bail pending his arraignment and bail review hearing on March 19.

It wasn't immediately clear whether he has retained an attorney.

Prosecutors alleged the lewd acts occurred on and off the campus over a two-month period.

Rooney was put on leave at the school after he was arrested Tuesday.

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