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Second woman sues LAUSD alleging molestation by teacher

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A second woman is suing the Los Angeles Unified School District, alleging she was sexually abused by a teacher from 1989 to 1991 when she was attending elementary school in South Los Angeles.

The woman — identified only as Jane G.D. Doe — is suing the district for negligent hiring and supervision of Louis Moreno, alleging that the LAUSD knew Moreno was a danger to young students at 96th Street Elementary yet allowed him to continue teaching, attorneys said Saturday.

The complaint alleges that Moreno was arrested in October 1991 and later charged with 36 counts of felony child molestation involving 16 minor victims, and pleaded guilty in January 1993 to 11 counts of sexual battery against minors under 14.

An LAUSD spokesperson on Monday said: “We have not been served with the suit, and we do not comment on pending litigation. However, the safety and well-being of our students remains our top priority.”

In January, a 37-year-old woman sued the LAUSD, also claiming that she was sexually molested by Moreno. That plaintiff — identified as Jane M.G. Doe — was in the first grade at 96th Street Elementary School when she met Moreno, who was in his late 40s, the suit states.

He spent an unusual amount of time with the girl and would call her up to his desk and touch her inappropriately, the suit alleges. Moreno also would commit lewd acts when he kept Doe in his classroom during recess, according to the suit, which alleges that the district did nothing to restrict Moreno’s interactions with the plaintiff or with other minors.

Her suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages, alleging sexual assault and battery, negligence and negligent supervision of a minor.

Attorneys for both alleged victims scheduled a news conference for Monday, when they and the women are expected to provide more details.

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