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Repetto Elementary School
In another case that is still going through court, three special education girls allege Repetto Elementary School teacher Jose Jesus Mosqueda, 44, sexually molested them.
Mosqueda faces eight felony charges, including oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child under 10.
Repetto Elementary School teacher Jose Jesus Mosqueda, 44, has been charged with eight felony counts, including oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child under 10, lewd acts upon a child under 14, continuous sexual abuse and dissuading a witness by force or threat.
Mosqueda pleaded not guilty to all charges. If found guilty, Mosqueda faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison. He is being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, and bail is set at more than a million dollars. Public Defender Armando Rodriguez stood next to Mosqueda, who wore a bright yellow jumpsuit and black, plastic frames. Mosqueda previously had private counsel. Rodriguez said he is new to the case and Wednesday was the first time he appeared in court to defend Mosqueda. After the proceedings, Rodriguez declined to comment. The Monterey Park Police Department booked Mosqueda in December 2011. Bail was set at $275,000 when he faced two felony counts for allegedly sexually abusing one female student, according to court records.
A minor and her guardian, Yolanda Romera have filed a civil lawsuit against Alhambra Unified School District for failing to properly hire, train or supervise teacher Jose Jesus Mosqueda who is accused of molesting a young girl who has been diagnosed with mild mental retardation according to court documents.
Jose Jesus Mosqueda (Photo courtesy of Monterey Park Police Department) ALHAMBRA >> The mother of a girl with mild mental retardation has filed a lawsuit alleging a special education teacher in the Alhambra Unified School District molested the girl. Jose Jesus Mosqueda, a former teacher at Repetto Elementary School in Monterey Park, is in jail and faces felony charges for the alleged sexual abuse of three girls, all of whom were not yet 14 when the alleged incidents occurred. The civil lawsuit alleges AUSD knew or should have known that Mosqueda, 44, has a tendency to sexually abuse minors and that he had inappropriate contact with children on school property before the incident occurred. The Monterey Park Police Department arrested Mosqueda in December 2011. He faces eight felony counts, including oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child under 10, lewd act upon a child and continuous sexual abuse. He will appear for a pretrial hearing in Alhambra Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. Monday. Superintendent Laura Tellez-Gagliano said the district performed all state-mandated background checks before hiring Mosqueda. Mosqueda is on compulsory leave, meaning the district will give him back pay for time spent in prison if he is cleared of criminal charges. Mosqueda said holding the child back wasnt a good idea and offered private tutoring on campus after school, according to court documents. Tutoring lasted from Oct. 11, 2011, to Dec. 14, 2011, according to records. Ammirato said the mentoring happened behind closed doors and alleges that Mosqueda was following school policy.
Together, attorneys Anthony De Marco and Vincent Ammirato represent five special needs girls who claim Jose Jesus Mosqueda, a Repetto Elementary School teacher on compulsory leave, repeatedly molested them when they were in third and fourth grade.
Mosqueda, 44, is jailed at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility. He faces eight felony counts, including oral copulation or sexual penetration of a child under 10, lewd act upon a child and continuous sexual abuse. Mosqueda, like all of AUSDs employees, passed all state-mandated background checks, Superintendent Tellez-Gagliano said in interviews earlier this year. In two of the complaints, the plaintiffs allege AUSD knew or should have known that Mosqueda had a habit of molesting special education girls in an empty classroom during recess, lunch and after school. Mosqueda even offered a concerned parent private tutoring for a child who was behind in her reading and writing skills, according to a civil lawsuit. Mosqueda often asked young girls to go behind his desk and would fondle students in the presence of teachers aides, according to court documents. He even threatened to kill a fourth-grade special needs student if she told anyone about his abuse, a civil lawsuit alleges.
The suspect, Jose Jsus Mosqueda, 42, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges.
(at left, Mosqueda) On Friday, Oct. 27, Monterey Park Police Officers responded to Repetto Elementary School, 650 S. Grandridge Ave., to investigate the complaint. The investigation led to the arrest of Mosqueda, age 42, of Los Angeles. Mosqueda is a Special Education Teacher for Repetto Elementary School. Mosqueda has been with the Alhambra Unified School District for the past 5 years. He has been placed on Administrative Leave pending the investigation. Mosqueda was arrested for allegations of 288 (a) PC, Lewd and Lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 according to Monterey Park Police. The Alhambra District Attorney's Office filed one count of 288 (a) and one count of 288.7 (b) PC against Mosqueda, who was arraigned on October 31.