Talk to Your Germain Street Elementary School Children, Police Urge

Detectives need to know if more pupils were subject to alleged lewd acts.

Police want to know if more than one child at Germain Street Elementary may have been the victim of alleged lewd conduct.

They've put out a request for all parents to talk with their children and call if they have any suspicions to report. The Devonshire Sexual Assault Unit can be reached at 818-832-0609; 887-LAPD-24-7; or Crime Stoppers, an anonymous hotline at 800-222-TIPS.

A 37-year-old janitor, was arrested in connection with the allegation, police said Monday. This was the third sex crime arrest in the school district within two weeks. Two teachers were arrested and all the staff replaced at Miramonte Elementary School in South Los Angeles after a two-day shutdown.

Although School Superintendent John Deasy has said all school employees are vigorously screened, Germain Elementary suspect , a nearly 12-year LAUSD employee who earlier worked at Calahan Elementary for seven years, had previously been arrested for grand theft auto, burglary and other offenses, police said. But the only conviction was misdemeanor “driving without an owner’s consent.”

Adame is scheduled to appear Feb. 27, on his 38th birthday, at Los Angeles Superior Court in San Fernando.

“Detectives are requesting the parents of any child who attends Germain Street Elementary School who has either been approached by this individual, or has been told of or witnessed any inappropriate contact with any other individual at the school to speak with their children, find out the information, and ultimately give us a call,” Devonshire Capt. Kris Pitcher said.

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