Authorities are looking for further victims of a sexual abuse suspect who has labored as a coach at two separate Los Angeles Unified College District faculties.
On Wednesday, Richard “RT” Turner, 64, was arrested after Los Angeles Police Division obtained a report that he had “inappropriately touched” a male scholar who’s a minor at Birmingham Neighborhood Constitution Excessive College in Van Nuys, the place he works as an athletic/bodily coach.
He was arrested for forcible penetration with a international object. He was launched after posting $100,000 bond.
Throughout their investigation, police additionally realized of a second sufferer, additionally a minor, who alleged he had been inappropriately touched by Turner when he was a scholar at Van Nuys Excessive College in 2017, the place Turner was employed on the time.
Dad and mom are distraught by the information, historically holding the district’s hiring course of in excessive regard.
“It is a shocker for me, particularly as a result of this faculty has at all times been protected to my understanding,” stated Gaby Ruiz, a father or mother of a scholar at BHS. She stated that folks obtained an electronic mail detailing that Turner had been arrested, however many college students stated they have been solely unaware of the incident.
“As we speak, it was not mentioned,” stated Christian Ruiz, a BHS scholar.
“It makes me really feel like I ought to open my eyes extra and look out,” stated Alberto Ibarra, one other scholar at the highschool.
CBS reporters reached out to the Turner residence, however have been denied any communication.
So far, Los Angeles Unified College District has additionally been tight-lipped on the incident, denying to state when the 2017 incident was delivered to gentle, and the way Turner was in a position to get re-hired at one other faculty.
In response to the arrested, Birmingham Excessive College issued a press release which learn:
“Richard Turner’s alleged conduct is reprehensible and completely opposite to Birmingham Neighborhood Constitution Excessive College’s mission, values and the best way we run our faculty. Our deepest sympathies exit to the coed and scholar’s household who’ve been impacted by this. As at all times, our focus is on offering our college students with a protected studying atmosphere and the educational and developmental assist they should be profitable college students at Birmingham and past.
Birmingham is cooperating with regulation enforcement throughout the course of its investigation. Given privateness and different issues we’re not in a position to make any additional remark at the moment.”
As a result of repeat habits, police are hoping that any probably further victims will come ahead as they put together to current the case to the Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s Workplace.
Anybody with who could have been a sufferer of Turner or who has any data relating to potential further assaults was requested to name the LAPD (818) 374-5415.