A first-grade teacher in Los Angeles, California, has been taken into custody and charged with sexually assaulting six female students. The accused, Martin Reyes Jr., a 29-year-old teacher at Sunrise Elementary School, allegedly committed the acts during recess inside a classroom. Following multiple reports of sexual abuse, a search warrant was executed, leading to the arrest.
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón expressed deep concern over the allegations, emphasizing the significance of creating a safe and nurturing environment for students. Gascón stressed that it is the collective responsibility of educators to ensure that schools are places where all students can thrive without fear of abuse or exploitation. He encouraged victims of childhood sexual assault to seek trauma-informed care through the Bureau of Victim Services.
Martin Reyes Jr. now faces 10 counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 27.
Reactions to the arrest have been mixed, with parents expressing shock and concern over the alleged abuse. The school district has assured parents that they are fully cooperating with law enforcement and taking the matter seriously. Sunrise Elementary School is providing support and resources for the affected students and their families.