Monterey Park Teacher Pleads Guilty To Sexual Abuse

By City News Service

A former teacher pleaded guilty Tuesday in a child sex abuse case involving four female special education students at a Monterey Park elementary school.

Jose Mosqueda, 44, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to one felony count of continuous sexual abuse and three felony counts of committing a lewd act upon a child, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The crimes involved fourth-grade special education students between 2008 and 2011.

Authorities said shortly after his arrest that Mosqueda had worked as a teacher at Repetto Elementary School.

Mosqueda was initially released on bail after being charged with crimes involving one student, then re-arrested after two other students came forward. A fourth child came forward after that, resulting in additional charges against him.

Mosqueda is facing 16 years in state prison, with sentencing set for Sept. 5 at the Alhambra courthouse, according to Deputy District Attorney Amy Murphy.

Mosqueda also is expected to be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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