Investigators Monday sought additional possible victims of an employee of an after-school program at Amestoy Elementary School in Gardena, who has been charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office with molesting four students.
Daniel Ayon, 39, is alleged to have sexually assaulted four boys ages 10 and 11 over the last year at the school, according to Deputy District Attorney Mike Vela.
He faces six felony counts: one count of oral copulation or sexual penetration with child 10 years or younger, two counts of continuous sexual abuse and three counts of lewd act upon a child under age 14. The charges include allegations of substantial sexual conduct with a minor and of committing the crime against more than one victim, Vela said.
Ayon pleaded not guilty to the charges Thursday and is due back at the Torrance courthouse on July 1. He is being held in lieu of $3 million bail, and faces a possible maximum sentence of 140 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Ayon worked in the Beyond the Bell extended-day program for two years, according to Gardena police Lt. Christopher Cuff.
“Due to the nature of Ayon’s employment with LAUSD, Gardena detectives are currently seeking any information on any additional victims,” Cuff said.
Anyone with information about Ayon or additional possible victims was urged to call Detective Karen Salas at 310-217-6180 or Detective Dee Searle at 310-217-9654.
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