The activities allegedly occurred between 2011 and 2012 when Pimentel was a 4th grade teacher at George De La Torre, Jr. Elementary school.
Police began investigating in March of 2012, and school officials removed Pimentel from campus and began the dismissal process.
Instead, Pimentel retired.
Administrators are being applauded for taking swift action.
That may be justified, but it does not eliminate all concerns, some of which are described in the linked article from NPR:
...More than 70 interviews were conducted during the police investigation, and 20 female students were found to have been victimized, Los Angeles police Capt. Fabian Lizarraga said.
Another victim was a female teacher who complained that Pimentel had inappropriately touched her, police said. The alleged abuse occurred in Pimentel's fourth-grade classroom during school hours and in some cases was witnessed by other students...
Ok, so law enforcement identified 20 potential underage victims, and another teacher who may have been victimized?
Wait, there's more:
...A previous report of sexual misconduct against Pimentel occurred four years ago at the school, and another complaint was made eight years ago at another elementary school where both a female principal and Pimentel had worked...Really?
This accused teacher had two previous accusations of sexual misconduct in his file?
And there was a third one (via the teacher found by police) that was either not reported or reported and not documented in his file?
If I was an administrator in that district, I don't think I'd be seen high-fiving my colleagues.
Three sexual misconduct allegations against an educator would seem like a pretty loud warning sign for officials.
And sadly, the lives of so many young victims have been impacted.
Note: LAPD officers used a different spelling of the accused's name "Robert Pimental," and sorry for ending the week on a down note.