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EDUCATOR OFF JOB DURING SEX PROBE.

Byline: - Daily News

LANCASTER - Antelope Valley Union High School District trustees in closed session put an assistant principal on unpaid leave pending the outcome of a sex-crime investigation.

Citing laws concerning personnel issues, officials refused to confirm that the person was Antelope Valley High School Assistant Principal Gil Lara, who was arrested Jan. 8 on charges he had three sexual encounters last year with a 17-year-old boy.

Lara has pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released from jail Saturday after a judge set his bail at $200,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 28, when a judge will decide whether prosecutors have enough evidence against him to warrant a trial.

The school board voted 5-0 Wednesday night to put the unidentified assistant principal on compulsory leave based on two sections of the state Education Code, said Tim Azevedo, Antelope Valley Union High School District assistant superintendent of personnel services.

Board members refused to comment Thursday on the vote.

State law requires schoolteachers and other employees who hold a teaching certificate who are charged with sex crimes to be immediately put on compulsory leave. If found guilty, the person can be terminated; if found not guilty, the person is entitled to back pay, Azevedo said.
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