Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Pinoy teacher in Las Vegas pleads guilty to child sex abuse

A Filipino elementary school music teacher in North Las Vegas pleaded guilty to three counts of attempted lewdness with a minor under 14, effectively waiving his rights to a preliminary hearing in court, reports said.

report on KVVU- V said Jeremiah Mazo, 54, was arrested last April 24 for allegedly "inappropriately" touching an eight-year-old girl several times since the beginning of the academic year at Don E. Hayden Elementary School.

Mazo was initially booked at Las Vegas' jail on 10 counts of lewdness with a minor under the age of 14.

separate report on Las Vegas Review-Journal said Mazo faced similar charges of abuse in 2008 though judges dismissed them and had his records sealed from public view after he "completed certain court requirements."

Mazo's bail has been set for $150,000, or $15,000 per charge.

Another Review Journal report said Mazo has confessed to police after he was arrested last April that he touched the eight-year-old victim twice and over the clothes "because he had a temptation."

It added that his teaching license was granted in 2003 and had been renewed in October 2012.

State policy requires teachers to submit biometric data, including fingerprints, to apply for licenses. It has since doubled its background checks for license renewals. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

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