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Two students at an Orthodox school claim they had sexual contact with staffer – The Forward

Two students at an Orthodox Jewish high school in Los Angeles have come forward and reported “an inappropriate relationship of a sexual nature” with the same female staff member, according to an email from the school’s principal obtained by the Come on.

Yeshiva University of Los Angeles, commonly known as YULA, did not identify the employee identified by students in the email sent to the school community on Tuesday, but said it was a woman who worked on the boys’ campus.

Rabbi Arye Sufrin wrote in the email that YULA received the first student’s allegation on Monday and that of the second student on Tuesday. He said the school referred the matter to the Los Angeles Police Department.

“It is impossible to understand and terrible that students have to deal with this situation,” wrote Sufrin, who has worked at the school since 2008.

He said the woman is no longer on campus and has been instructed not to communicate with anyone in the school community.

It is unclear how long she had worked at the school, or how old the students were at the time of the alleged contact.

The Come on received a copy of Rabbi Sufrin’s email on Tuesday from someone who received it from a parent on the original distribution list. When contacted, YULA administrators declined to comment further.

Located in the heavily Jewish Pico-Robertson neighborhood, YULA is the oldest and largest modern Orthodox high school in Los Angeles, with approximately 400 students across its two campuses.

The accusation follows a November report on allegations of sexual misconduct at a Houston school involving the former principal of L.A.’s Shalhevet High School. Rabbi Ari Segal. In a similar community-wide email, the Houston school board chairman said that a private investigator had found credible evidence that Rabbi Segal had “engaged in sexualized, persistent, emotionally charged communications” with two students during his tenure as principal from 2004 to 2011.

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