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High school teacher in L.A. area arrested for alleged sex with two students

By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times –

LOS ANGELES — A 42-year-old teacher at Roosevelt High School has been arrested on suspicion of having sexual relationships with two teenage students.

Gabriela Cortez, of Montebello, was taken into custody Wednesday evening by Montebello police after they interviewed two teenage male students she allegedly had sexual relationships with in recent years, said Chief Kevin McClure of the Montebello Police Department.

One of the alleged victims reported the alleged crime to police after the teacher broke off the relationship, police said. A subsequent police investigation uncovered a second alleged victim, police said. Both alleged victims are now legally adults.

Montebello police investigated the case because many of the alleged illegal acts occurred in the city and her home.

Detectives suspect Cortez may have previous encounters and are continuing the investigation.

Montebello police detectives will formally present their investigation to prosecutors Thursday, but have previously discussed the probe with them.

The teacher was booked into the Montebello city jail on suspicion of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, a felony, and released on $140,000 bail.

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