Records reveal details of probe of celebrated LA teacher



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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Unified School district documents show an investigation that led to the firing of a nationally recognized teacher found he allegedly fondled children in the 1970s — and that in recent years he inappropriately emailed former students describing them as hotties and as "sexy."

Officials offered few details about the investigation when Rafe Esquith was fired in October — months after he was removed from his Hobart Boulevard Elementary School classroom.

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1OSFs5m ) cites newly released records that that allege "immoral" and "egregious" misconduct by the educator who taught for more than 30 years. The documents also charge that Esquith persistently violated or refused to obey district rules.

Esquith has denied wrongdoing. His lawyers have sued L.A. Unified, accusing them of retaliating against Esquith for filing a lawsuit that alleges age discrimination.

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