SAN FERNANDO – A former Telfair Elementary School teacher pleaded no contest today to molesting 13 former students, the District Attorney’s Office announced.
Paul Chapel, 51, pleaded no contest to 13 counts of lewd act on a child before San Fernando Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nash just as his preliminary hearing was scheduled to begin, said Deputy District Attorney Elena Abramson.
Abramson said the Chatsworth resident will be sentenced to 25 years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life when he returns to court Sept. 20 for sentencing. Chapel has remained in custody since March on $3.4 million bail.
Chapel was initially charged in October 2011 with molesting four children following an investigation by the Los Angeles Policy Department. In May, prosecutors added charges involving nine additional children.
The molestations occurred between September 2006 and April 2011. The children were between the ages of eight and nine when the molestations occurred.