Defendant Kip Richard Arnold was also charged with felony evading for the pursuit, which started at his home in Lakewood and ended in Rolling Hills Estates, where he drove off an embankment and slammed into an office building last summer.
The former Los Angeles Unified School District employee, who most recently taught physical education at Southeast Middle School in South Gate, was formally charged in July with committing lewd acts on a child. Though he initially pleaded not guilty, he admitted three of the seven felony counts on Monday, as his preliminary hearing was set to begin.
He will return to the Downey Superior Court on Dec. 17 for sentencing, when he faces fours years and four months in state prison, said Sandi Gibbons, a Los Angeles County District Attorney's spokeswoman.
"Apparently the victim was there today and gave an impact statement saying this has given her closure," Gibbons said of the plea agreement negotiated between prosecutors and the defense.
The victim, who the Press-Telegram has chosen not to identify because she was the victim of a sex crime, was 14-years-old at the time of the abuse, according to court documents.
Police and prosecutors said Arnold had an ongoing sexual relationship with her between June and September of 2005. He was charged with seven felony counts, including three counts of lewd acts on a child who was 14 at the time, two counts of oral copulation on a person under the age of 16, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object on a 14-year-old child and one count of evading an officer, and he had faced seven years in prison.
Bell police officers launched their investigation after the former student recently came forward with allegations, police and prosecutors said. A police surveillance team was watching Arnold on July 10 when officers moved in to arrest the defendant, who fled. Before speeding away in his Ford F-150 pickup, Arnold told police he knew why they were there and would rather die than be arrested.
Arnold taught for the past eight years for L.A. Unified, including previous assignments at Nimitz Middle School, Gage Middle School and Orchard Academies, school officials said.
His conviction will require he be registered as a high-risk sex offender for life, prosecutors said.
Arnold was also ordered by Downey Superior Court Judge Debra Cole-Hall to remain in custody pending his sentencing. He has been held since his July arrest in lieu of $1 million bail.