Authorities are investigating allegations that a California teacher had sexual relationships with two students between 2008 and 2010.
Wednesday night, Gabriella Cortez, 42, was arrested on suspicion of two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. The case against her adds to the growing list of allegations of sexual misconduct between teachers and students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Cortez’s arrests makes the seventh in the last month alone.
The Los Angeles Spanish teacher from Montebello was arrested after a student went to the police claiming he had a sexual relationship with Cortez from 2008 to 2010 while he was a student at Roosevelt High School.
The 18-year-old student went to police last week and during interviews mentioned a second student’s name. While speaking with police, the second student said he had sex with Cortez at her home. Both students have since graduated, though at the time of the alleged sexual encounters, they were both minors.
Cortez was released on $140,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on March 22. She has also been put on administrative leave.