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September 21, 2012

Former LAUSD Teacher Sentenced to 25 Years State Prison for Molesting 13 Students

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , — fayarfa @ 1:56 pm

SAN FERNANDO – A former Telfair Elementary School teacher was sentenced today to 25 years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender for life after he earlier pleaded no contest to molesting 13 former students, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

Deputy District Attorney Elena Abramson said none of Paul Chapel’s young victims appeared in court. However, Abramson read statements from three of the victims’ family members before Judge Lloyd Nash sentenced the 51-year-old former third grade teacher.

Chapel pleaded no contest Aug. 20 to 13 counts of lewd act on a child. The molestations occurred between September 2006 and April 2011. The children – six boys and seven girls — were between the ages of eight and nine when the molestations occurred.

Abramson said the Chatsworth resident 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.

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