LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A former Los Angeles Unified School District assistant principal was arrested and charged Tuesday, May 17, with committing lewd acts with a 14-year-old student while he was assigned to a Van Nuys middle school in 2006.
William Webb, 51, was taken into custody about 9:40 a.m. and booked at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Jail in Van Nuys, with bail set at $120,000.
Webb is charged with one count each of committing a lewd act on a child, oral copulation of a person under 18 and sodomy of a person under 18, according to district attorney’s office spokesman Ricardo Santiago.
Webb is expected to be arraigned later this week at the Van Nuys courthouse.
Detectives with the LAPD’s Sexually Exploited Child Unit began investigating the case in February 2015 “after receiving a suspected child abuse report alleging that a prior student of Mr. Webb had been sexually abused by him while Webb was assigned to Vista Middle School,” according to a police statement.
The abuse allegedly began in 2006, when the victim was 14 years old, the LAPD reported.
Webb was assistant principal at Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts in downtown Los Angeles, where he had worked since 2009, when the allegations first came to light in September 2014.
At that time, he was reassigned from the school to his home and the case was referred to the LAUSD’s Student Safety Investigation Team, which cooperated with the LAPD investigation, according to the school district.
Parents were notified then that an administrator had been reassigned.
“With Mr. Webb’s arrest, parents will again be contacted as part of the district’s to our families,” according to a LAUSD statement.
“Our top priority remains providing a safe teaching and learning environment where students continue to achieve academic success.”