Two AUSD employees were arrested for separate acts of alleged sexual acts with students in the past week.
On Friday, Alhambra police arrested Johnny Lagunas, a part-time yard staff member at Garfield Elementary School, for alleged false imprisonment and lewd acts with a 13-year-old girl earlier this year. Although the incident occurred early this year, the victim did not report them until a conversation with an Alhambra Unified School Department employee on Friday. Detectives were immediately called and Lagunas, 20, was arrested and admitted to the crimes, according to Sergeant Brandon Black of the Alhambra Police Department.
Lagunas, an El Monte resident, was found to have no criminal history. "The school did what they were supposed to do," Sergeant Black said. He encouraged parents to take an active role in listening to their kids and to make use of resources such as parenting classes that the district sponsors on a regular basis and on-campus counselors.
Lagunas is scheduled to appear at Alhambra Superior Court Wednesday for his arraignment, the Pasadena Star News reports. He is currently being held at an Alhambra jail on $100,000 bail.
Investigators are asking that anyone with information regarding the listed suspect or other similar crimes contact Detective Huezo or Detective Orozco at the Alhambra Police Department at (626) 570-5151 or (626) 570-5159. Messages can be left anonymously if desired.
In a separate incident, Repetto Elementary School special education teacher Jose Jesus Mosqueda, 42, pleaded not guilty Monday on charges of oral copulation and/or sexual penetration with a child under the age of 10 and one count of a lewd act on the same child, the Star-News reports.
Mosquedo, a five-year veteran of AUSD, has been placed on paid administrative leave. He is expected to appear in court on Friday, December 2 to set his preliminary hearing date.
The alleged victim was a special education student at Repetto Elementary who informed family members of the abuse. The family notified school district officials late last week, the Star News reports.
Mosquedo was arrested Thursday and is currently being held at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles on $275,000 bail.
Alhambra Superintendent Donna Perez told the Star-News that the district will be looking into prevention measures and "having two of them close together is extremely unusual.”
Originally published 10.31.2011
A student aide at Garfield Elementary School in Alhambra was arrested Friday for allegedly molesting a 13-year-old girl.
Johnny Lagunas, 20, an El Monte resident was arrested for assaults that allegedly happened between January and February, KABC and Pasadena Star-News are reporting. The girl did not tell school staff until Friday, police told the Star-News.
Investors believe there could be more vicitms. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Huezo or Det. Orozco at 626-570-5151.
He was being held at Alhambra jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. Rodriguez said Lagunas should be arraigned Tuesday at Alhambra Superior Court.