Teacher Accused of Molesting Elementary Student Was Allowed to Quietly Retire

Crown Point Junior Music Academy / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

During a Wednesday afternoon recess in November 2016, a student at Crown Point Junior Music Academy asked her friend if she could keep a secret.

When the friend agreed, the girl told her that a fourth grade teacher, Lou Grande, 62 at the time, had kissed and licked her neck, rubbed her bottom and held her close while they were alone in a classroom together, and had told her not to tell anyone. The next day, the girl and a friend went to the principal’s office together to tell school staff about what happened.

That same day, the principal at Crown Point Junior Music Academy asked Grande to come into her office. When the principal told him about the student’s report, Grande didn’t deny the claims but hung his head and said he’d been having medical issues that had left him depressed and robbed him of his vitality, according to a memo of the discussion written by…

Original published: 2019-07-11 11:00:23 Read the full San Diego News here


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