Los Angeles Elementary School Teacher Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Child in Classroom

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Sylmar Elementary School Teacher Arrested for Molesting Student; Police Seek Additional Victims

Sylmar Elementary School Teacher Arrested for Molesting Student; Police Seek Additional Victims

Oct 29, 2022

A San Fernando Valley elementary school teacher was arrested Thursday for sexually assaulting a student inside the classroom. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) received a report of sexual battery against a child, according to a CBS News report.

Los Angeles Elementary School Teacher Arrested for Sexually Assaulting Child in Classroom

The victim told police that the teacher – 57-year-old Giancarlo Corsi of Santa Clarita – had inappropriately touched him several times over the course of the 2004-2005 school year at Harding Street Elementary School in Sylmar, California, according to an LAPD press release.

The victim indicated to law enforcement officials that Corsi was a teacher in a neighboring classroom, CBS News said.

KTLA reported that Corsi taught at various schools in the San Fernando Valley-area between 1992 and 2006. Police said he took an “11-year hiatus” before returning to teaching in 2017.

Corsi’s “post-hiatus” teaching role was at Harding Street Elementary School, according to police officials.

The sexual abuse suspect was arrested Thursday and booked for committing a lewd act with a child, with bail set at $2 million.

Police are searching for additional sexual abuse victims of Giancarlo Corsi. CBS News reported that LAPD detectives have released Corsi’s picture in the hopes of locating yet to be identified childhood survivors. A case against the alleged sexual predator teacher is expected to be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Anyone with additional information on a sex crime committed by teacher Giancarlo Corsi is urged to immediately contact LAPD detectives at 818-374-5415 during business hours. Non-business hour calls should be directed to 877-LAPD-24-7.

How Teacher Sexual Abuse/Misconduct is Defined

According to a report from the Psychiatric Times, “educator sexual misconduct” is a term used to describe “behavior by an educator that is directed at a student and intended to sexually arouse or titillate the educator or the child.” ‘Educator’ may refer to:

  • Classroom teachers
  • Coaches
  • Counselors
  • Administrators
  • Tutors
  • Aides

Victims may include all students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Educator sexual misconduct entails any physical, verbal, or visual (such as showing pornography) sexual behavior between an educator and a student, the Psychiatric Times reports.

How Long Do Survivors of Teacher Sex Abuse Have to File Legal Claims?

Currently the California statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse crimes is temporarily paused under Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218), which took effect on January 1, 2020.

Accordingly, AB 218 now allows all survivors of childhood sexual abuse or assault to file civil claims/lawsuits seeking financial compensation until December 31, 2022. This three-year lookback window under AB 218 means that all childhood sexual abuse survivors – even those whose crimes took place decades ago – may file civil lawsuits seeking financial restitution.

However, as of January 1, 2023, the lookback window closes and the standard California statute of limitations resumes. As a result, survivors who did not file claims will likely be left without any legal recourse.

For additional information on California AB 218 and the various opportunities at justice the law may afford survivors of childhood sexual abuse, please visit our recent blog post.

Contact Our Los Angeles Sexual Abuse Attorneys to File Your Claim

Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is California’s top-rated and proven firm helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse obtain the justice they deserve – even for crimes which occurred long ago.

Led by Sam Dordulian – a former sex crimes prosecutor and Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County – DLG has secured multi-million dollar settlements on behalf childhood sex abuse survivors (including under California’s AB 218 law).

In September, we secured a $2 million settlement under AB 218 on behalf of a survivor who endured sexual abuse as a child, and we’ll fight just as aggressively on your behalf to ensure that justice is served against your perpetrator.

Our Sexual Assault Justice Experts are here to help survivors secure justice. Contact our top-rated attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

For a free and confidential consultation regarding your childhood sexual assault or teacher sexual abuse civil claim, contact Dordulian Law Group today at 818-322-4056. Our Sex Crime Division attorneys have helped victims recover more than $100,000,000.00 in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% winning record.

DLG believes, supports, and fights for justice on behalf of survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

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