Downey teacher accused of molesting students

DOWNEY - A teacher living in Downey was arrested on charges that he sexually abused three female students at the Los Angeles charter school where he worked.Juan Ramon Cardoza, 55, allegedly abused two 14-year-olds and a 13-year-old between Oct. 1, 2012 and March 11, 2013, authorities said. The alleged abuse occurred at New Designs Charter School in Los Angeles. Cardoza was charged with four felony counts of lewd act upon a child and one count of child molesting, a misdemeanor. He is scheduled to be arraigned May 15 at Compton Superior Court. Cardoza was arrested at his Downey home on April 24. He was freed Monday after posting $320,000 bail, according to City News Service. If convicted as charged, he could receive a maximum sentence of more than six years in prison.

********** Published: May 2, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 03