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LAUSD drama teacher charged with molest

Peter Christopher Gomez, 47, of La Habra was arrested for sexual assault in the 4300 block of Bell Avenue in Bell Friday Feb. 21, 2014.

February 25, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
A former drama teacher at Benjamin Franklin High School in Highland Park has been accused of molesting two male students.

The alleged abuse occurred between June 30, 1999 and Sept. 3, 2003. Police said the victims were between the ages of 14 and 18.

Peter Christopher Gomez, 47, of La Habra, was charged with 26 felony counts, including multiple counts of sexual molestation, sodomy of a person under 16 and oral copulation of a person under 16.

The suspect was arrested in the 4300 block of Bell Avenue in Bell on Feb. 21. He was working as a drama teacher at Bell High School at the time of his arrest. Detectives say there may be more victims.

His bail has been set at $1.5 million. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in state prison.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this crime was urged to contact Detectives Lina Teague or Michelle Gomez at (323) 344-5742.

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