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2 senior L.A. Unified managers who were removed will return to work

June 07, 2008|Mary Engel | Times Staff Writer

Two senior Los Angeles school district administrators who were removed from their jobs last month for their handling of sexual misconduct allegations against former Assistant Principal Stephen Thomas Rooney will return to work Monday, according to a Los Angeles Unified School District statement released late Friday.

Rooney, who is being held in lieu of $1-million bail, faces sexual misconduct charges in connection with three current and former district students.

In the statement, Supt. David L. Brewer said an internal investigation of the two administrators' roles in the scandal concluded that they should be returned to their work sites "as quickly as possible." Brewer could not be reached for further comment.

The statement did not name the administrators. But in early May, Senior Deputy Supt. Ramon C. Cortines had announced that local district Supt. Carol Truscott and Scott Braxton, who formerly worked for Truscott, had been relieved of duties and assigned to work in the central office for their roles in assigning Rooney to Markham Middle School.

Rooney had been removed from a previous school and assigned to a desk job for allegedly waving a gun at the stepfather of a student.

Although an investigation turned up allegations of a sexual relationship with the student, an apparent communications breakdown led to his being reassigned to the Watts middle school, where he is accused of molesting two students. Truscott oversaw the last three schools where Rooney worked.

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mary.engel@latimes.com

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