Washington Teacher Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse

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Washington Teacher Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse

Teacher at D.C. charter school arrested on
Child Sex Abuse charges

Washington, DC  –  A teacher at a high-performing D.C. charter school was arrested Friday on charges of child sex abuse, according to police and school officials.

Police said Saturday that Manuel Garcia Fernandez, 35, had sexual contact on multiple occasions with two female victims and one male victim from Aug. 17 to Feb. 6.  He was charged with three counts of second-degree child sexual abuse.

Fernandez taught at a Northeast Washington campus of the Latin American Montessori Bilingual (LAMB) Public Charter School, according to an email to parents from the school’s executive director, Diane Cottman.  The school’s website listed him as an elementary teacher.

Fernandez has been banned from LAMB’s premises, Cottman wrote Friday.  She said the school had communicated with parents in the “impacted community,” but could not disclose further details.

“We know that this will raise many questions which we are currently not at liberty to answer and or may not be able to answer,” she wrote.  “These allegations have deeply affected the entire LAMB community — the board, teachers, parents and students alike.  LAMB is committed to its families, and the safety and well-being of our students is our paramount concern.”

Cottman did not respond to a request for comment.

LAMB, which also has a campus in Northwest, enrolled a total of about 375 students in preschool through fifth grade last school year. It is one of the most highly regarded charter schools in the city.

CA Child Predator Draws 55 Years For 3rd Strike

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Michael David Ikeler, 38

Torrance Man Sentenced To 55 Years To Life
For Sexually Assaulting, Kidnapping
2-Year-Old From Car Wash

LOS ANGELES, CA  –  Authorities said a 38-year-old Torrance man has been sentenced to 55 years to life in state prison for the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 2-year-old girl from a Gardena car wash.

Michael David Ikeler, 38, was found guilty by a jury on Jan. 27 of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 with a special allegation that the crime was committed during the course of a kidnapping.  He was also found guilty of two counts of sexual penetration of a child under age 10.

Deputy DA Allyson Ostrowski said Ikeler also was ordered to registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

On April 2, 2015, a woman was washing her vehicle at a car wash on Western Avenue while her two daughters waited outside of the car.

According to court testimony, the older daughter notified her mother that the 2-year old had disappeared.

The young victim was found naked, hours later sitting on the ground by herself near a garbage dumpster at a Cudahy restaurant parking lot, the prosecutor said.

At the time of his arrest, authorities said Ikeler had previously been arrested in Northern California and Arizona for crimes involving children.