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LAUSD after-school program supervisor charged with molesting four students

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Daniel Ayon, a supervisor at a Los Angeles Unified School District after-school program, pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he sexually assaulted four boys at a Gardena elementary school over the last year, prosecutors said.
(Gardena Police Department)

A supervisor at a Los Angeles Unified School District after-school program pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he sexually assaulted four boys at a Gardena elementary school over the last year, prosecutors said.

Daniel Ayon, 39, was charged with six felony counts including oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10 years or younger, continuous sexual abuse, and lewd acts upon a child under age 14. Prosecutors with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Ayon had “substantial” sexual conduct with a minor.

The four victims were ages 10 and 11, prosecutors said.

Ayon was a supervisor for Beyond the Bell, a before- and after-school program at Amestoy Elementary School in Gardena, according to the district. Ayon was removed from the school site when the allegations were made in April

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The school district is fully cooperating with the police investigation.

“We remain vigilant in protecting our students from those who would do them harm,” the school district said in a statement. “We expect every person in Los Angeles Unified to fulfill their commitment to keep our students and schools safe.”

Ayon’s bail was set at $3 million and he faces a possible maximum sentence of 140 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, prosecutors said.

javier.panzar@latimes.com

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