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Boyle Heights teacher pleads guilty to sex with students

Gabriela Cortez, a 42-year-old female LAUSD teacher, was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, for alleged sexual relationships with two students.

November 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A Boyle Heights Spanish teacher pleaded guilty Monday to charges she had sex with two students. Gabriela Cortez entered guilty pleas to six felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse.

Prosecutors say Cortez, 43, had sex with two male students, who were 16 and 17 at the time, at her Montebello residence in 2009 and 2010.

Cortez was a teacher at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights. She was arrested in February. She was placed on leave after her arrest.

Cortez was free on bail Monday pending her scheduled sentencing in January.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.