Los Angeles Unified School District will pay $19.9 million to settle sexual abuse claims against a former teacher’s assistant at a North Hollywood elementary school, including an allegation that he made one young girl repeatedly position herself in a “puppy pose” while he rubbed his hands against her. 

The latest settlement adds to a long string of sexual misconduct payouts by the nation’s second-largest school system.

The former teacher’s assistant, Lino Cabrera, was originally charged with five felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 and one count of continued sexual abuse — and had been accused by prosecutors of sexually abusing six girls, ages 10 and 11, between September 2016 and May 2019 at Oxnard Street Elementary. Read more