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Salinas School Sign Language Interpreter Pleads No Contest To Molesting Deaf Students

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SALINAS (CBS SF) — A Nevada man who formerly worked as a certified sign language interpreter for the deaf at North Salinas High School pleaded no contest Friday to misdemeanor child molestation and other charges, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.

Defendant, Adam Frogel, 56, was arrested following allegations reported on Mar. 14 of inappropriate contact between him and a deaf student at North Salinas High School, Monterey County District Attorney Dean D. Flippo said.

A subsequent investigation led the district attorney’s office prosecuting Frogel on suspicion of inappropriately touching a 15 and 16 year-old student over their clothes and asking a third student to have sexual relations with him, according to the district attorney’s office.

The defendant was charged with felony exhibition of harmful material to a minor, misdemeanor child molestation and battery.

Frogel was working as an employee of Sunbelt Staffing, which the district attorney’s office said contracts with North Salinas High School to provide sign language interpreters.

The district attorney’s office said Frogel will be sentenced to felony probation and is scheduled for sentencing before the Hon. Pamela L. Butler on Sept. 5.

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