Assistant football coach in Calif. accused of sex with freshman girl

Assistant football coach in Calif. accused of sex with freshman girl

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Assistant football coach in Calif. accused of sex with freshman girl

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CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

A volunteer assistant football coach at Mar Vista High in Imperial Beach, Calif., has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a ninth-grade girl for about six months, according to CBS8 in San Diego.

Edward Mendoza, 27, has been a volunteer assistant coach since 2013, the school said. He was charged with multiple child-molestation counts.

Police said the student’s father discovered she was having “extensive phone conversations with Mendoza and was having an inappropriate relationship with him.”

A spokesperson for the Sweetwater Union High School District told CBS8 that Mendoza has not worked in the district since the football season ended. His arrest comes days after an ROTC instructor at the school, Martin Gallegos, was arrested for allegedly having sex with a senior on multiple occasions. The district subsequently fired him.

Police said the cases are unrelated.

In a statement, the school district said Mendoza did not have an assignment with the school district since the end of football season and said he is not a teacher or a substitute.

“This matter was brought to our attention in late February. We immediately contacted law enforcement and turned over all information to them and fully cooperated with their investigation. We had not been contacted by San Diego Sherriff with a status on the case until today.  …

“At the time of the original allegation, the school and the district have reached out to the affected student and others who might be affected by this. This is a very troubling and saddening situation. Our hearts go out to the victim and their family and we will continue doing everything we can to ensure that our students have a safe and secure environment at all of our schools.

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