August 27, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California agency charged with overseeing teacher licenses has taken months to review the cases of a Los Angeles Unified elementary school teacher suspected of molesting at least a dozen students and a principal who failed to report him to authorities.
Both educators retired soon after the Los Angeles police started investigating the allegations last March, but the Commission on Teacher Credentialing's time lag in resolving the cases underscores how teachers suspected of grievous misconduct can simply move on to another school.
District Superintendent John Deasy says he is frustrated that action was not taken sooner.
Jolie Logan, chief executive of Darkness to Light, a nonprofit that works to prevent child sex abuse, says studies show pedophile teachers work at an average of three schools before they are caught.
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