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Mar Vista High School ROTC instructor arrested on sex charges

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Martin Albert Gallegos, 48 Martin Albert Gallegos, 48

IMPERIAL BEACH (CNS) - A 48-year-old substitute teacher at a South Bay high school was arrested over the weekend for allegedly having sex with an underage student, authorities revealed Monday.

Martin Albert Gallegos, an ROTC instructor at Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach, was booked into county jail Saturday on suspicion of five counts of non-forcible sexual conduct with the girl, according to sheriff's officials.

Gallegos bailed out of custody the following day. His initial court hearing is scheduled for April 19.

A campus police officer got a report about the alleged crimes Friday, Lt. Dan Brislin said.

The lieutenant declined to disclose the age of the student, who is a senior at the Elm Avenue school. Detectives believe the alleged sexual relationship had been going on for roughly a month or six weeks, Brislin said.

Due to the arrest, Sweetwater Union High School District officials are in the process of terminating Gallegos' employment, SUHSD spokesman Manny Rubio said. The suspect has worked for the district since last fall, filling in periodically for full-time teachers, according to Rubio.

Rubio released a full statement about the arrest.

The Sweetwater Union High School District is very shocked and saddened to hear about this incident. We have been cooperating with San Diego Sherriff on ensuring that immediate action was taken. The teacher in question is a substitute teacher and has been in the district since Fall of 2015. Based on the allegations and arrest made, we will be taking action to release the teacher immediately. In addition, we will be providing support to the family of the victim as well as the entire Mar Vista High community.

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