The jury found Silva guilty on 25 criminal counts: 16 counts of child molestation, 6 counts of sexual battery, 2 counts of lewd conduct upon a child and one count of false imprisonment, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.
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During the 2-week trial, the jury heard evidence of Silva’s abuse, which ranged from lewd comments, to touching their private parts over their clothes, to skin-on-skin contact with at least 1 of the victims.
Silva worked at Birmingham Charter Community School, where the abuse was carried out starting in 2016. All 18 victims were underage females, investigators said. “The young victims in this case showed extraordinary courage by coming forward and reporting these atrocious crimes,” said Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.
Upon learning of the allegations, LAPD and the LA Department of Children and Family Services kicked off an investigation into Silva’s actions last November. The defendant was charged Nov. 16, and arrested that same day at his home on a $400,000 warrant. He’s remained in custody since, officials said.
Silva is scheduled to be sentenced June 19.
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