Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Photo by John Schreiber.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Photo by John Schreiber.

A Compton high school principal was on administrative leave Wednesday while sheriff’s officials investigate allegations of inappropriate searches of students.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, several students at Dominguez High School claimed they were searched by the principal, and some were witnessed by school staff members. The students complained the searches made them and the witnesses “feel very uncomfortable.”

Neither the Sheriff’s Department nor the Compton Unified School District would release the suspect’s name — although the district said it was the school’s principal of operations.

“Yesterday, the district administration determined the need to place the principal of operations at Dominguez High School on administrative leave pending further notice,” according to the district. “This action was deemed necessary by the fact that the district became aware that a law enforcement investigation is being conducted by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. At this time, the district has not been made privy to the specific circumstances surrounding the sheriff’s investigation. However, the district is aware that no arrest was made. We will release more information as it becomes available.”

Detectives from the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau interviewed 10 students and seven staff members, but more interviews are planned, according to sheriff’s Sgt. Al Garcia.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273.

City News Service

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