The administrator at Markham Middle School in Watts allegedly attacked a 13-year-old girl. He is being held on $1-million bail.
A Watts middle school administrator, who had been removed from a previous school for allegedly brandishing a pistol at a parent, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old, police said.
Steven Thomas Rooney, the assistant principal at Markham Middle School, was taken into custody by Los Angeles police after the girl, a Markham student, told police she was forced into his car outside a fast-food restaurant, taken to his downtown residence and attacked.
Rooney is being held at the Parker Center jail downtown in lieu of $1-million bail and is expected to be arraigned Thursday on offenses that LAPD Capt. Fabian E. Lizarraga termed "very serious and egregious."