Los Angeles First Grade Teacher Accused of Sexually Abusing 6 Elementary Schoolgirls During Recess

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Jul. 16 2023, Published 1:39 p.m. ET

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A first grade teacher in Los Angeles has been arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting six students in his classroom, according to authorities.

On May 22, a student reported that 29-year-old Martin Reyes Jr., a teacher at Sunrise Elementary School in East Los Angeles, had sexually abused her, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón.

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Investigators believe Reyes sexually abused at least six female students during recess inside a classroom and all of the victims were reportedly enrolled in his class.

On July 12, Gascón announced that Reyes was charged with 10 counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14.

Reyes was arrested and his bond was set at $1 million, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 27.

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Reyes’ booking photo was released because officials believe he is responsible for additional, unreported sexual assaults, officials said.

"Our educators are entrusted with creating a safe and nurturing environment where students can learn and grow without the fear of abuse or exploitation," Gascón noted in a statement. "It is our collective responsibility to ensure that schools are places where all students can thrive, free from the threat of sexual violence."


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