Former LA County students mentioned in ‘Predator’s Playground’ claim they were sexually abused

profile photo
By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner


Rosemead High School alumni are suing the El Monte Union High School District for not protecting them from teachers who allegedly abused, harassed, and molested them in the early 2000s. 

“A horrible time in my life, inappropriate, hurtful,” says Jane Doe. 

She says her social science teacher groomed her during her senior year and justified having sexually inappropriate encounters by telling her she was a woman about to turn 18.  She says every time she tried to report the abuse, the teacher would remind her that it would be useless.

The teacher himself told me no one would ever believe me and that I would be ruined if I did tell,” she said.

Attorney Luis Carrillo’s law firm represents the three women suing the school district. He says school officials ignored the students when they first reported the abuse back in the early 2000s. 

“It’s amazing how, for so many decades, these administrators permitted these monsters to touch the girls when they were very young,” laments Carrillo.

Matt Drange, a Senior Correspondent for Business Insider, spent months investigating allegations of sexual abuse at Rosemead High School. His article title, “A Predator’s Playground,” is disturbing. 

We identified more than two dozen teachers at Rosemead High School who have sexually abused and harassed students over 40 years,” Drange said.

By speaking out, Doe hopes to encourage other victims to report the abuse. She says, “I don’t want it to happen to anyone else.” 

El Monte Union High School District have since issued the following statement in response to the allegations against its staff:

author photo
About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.