By smf for LAKids News
August 8, 2013 :: L.A. Times Cinema Critic Kenneth Turan wrote of the city’s noir reputation:
“Los Angeles is the city of sunshine and light, the city that's like a day at the beach, the city that ... you get my drift. That line of chat may work with the suckers, the tourists and the rubes, but if you live here, you know there's a corrosive darkness lurking below the surface in perpetually sunlit L.A., a spiritual malaise that makes this town rotten to the core.
“Hardly the City of Angels, this is a place where bad people come to do worse things and live to tell the tale.” | http://lat.ms/19QUR4e
News Story: LAUSD Administrator Arrested For Allegedly Having Inappropriate Relationship with Former Student
(credit: Los Angeles Police Department)
August 5, 2013 8:13 PM :: LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 48-year-old Los Angeles Unified School District administrator has been arrested for attempting to meet with a 15-year-old former student with the purpose of committing a lewd act.
During the course of the investigation, detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Topanga Division learned that Robert Nagai, of Chatsworth, had an ongoing inappropriate relationship with the victim.
Nagai was an assistant principal at Hale Middle School in Woodland Hills. After he left the school in 2011, he began to work in operations at the district’s Educational Service Center West.
“We have been working with and cooperating fully with the Los Angeles Police Department since they brought these allegations to our attention late last Friday,” said Dave Holmquist, LAUSD’s general counsel. “Although we have every indication that this was an isolated incident, we have issued a notice to parents at Hale Middle School about the arrest. Our top priority is ensuring students are able to achieve academic success, which requires a safe learning environment. We are all impacted when these sorts of incidents occur.”
The suspect is currently free on $75,000 bail and was scheduled to be in court on Aug. 28.
No further details were available.
Anyone with additional information on Nagai was encouraged to contact Det. F. Avila at (818) 756-3375.
THAT LAUSD ADMINISTRATOR, arrested for inappropriate conduct with a minor joins a growing rank of bad District employees allegedly doing bad things with students. He worked in the LAUSD Office of Operations – which is, among other things, in charge of student and employee discipline
(There is also the Office of Curriculum and Instruction and the Office of Parent and Family Engagement.)
He was assigned to one of the four Educational Service Centers – which is the newest name for what were formerly called Local Districts – downsized/rightsized from eleven to eight to four – decreasing their number and increasing their size to “improve service+accountability”.
He was in charge of “housed employees” at the ESC.
‘“Housed Employees” are district staff excluded from classrooms and school sites – forbidden contact with children – for alleged misbehavior in places sometimes called ‘teacher jails’ or ‘rubber rooms’.
And so it is in our City of Angels, a place where bad people come to do worse things .