CHULA VISTA (CBS 8) - For the second time in four days, a man was jailed Tuesday for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an underage student while working as a walk-on assistant football coach at Mar Vista High School.
Edward Aaron Mendoza, whose position was a voluntary one at the Imperial Beach campus last fall, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon outside his current workplace in Chula Vista, according to sheriff's officials.
Mendoza, 27, is suspected of engaging in sex acts with a ninth grade girl at the Elm Avenue school for roughly half a year.
The alleged crimes were reported after the student's father discovered that she was having "extensive phone conversations with Mendoza and was having an inappropriate relationship with him," Lt. Dan Brislin said.
"Detectives discovered Mendoza had fostered an ongoing relationship with the victim and engaged in sexual activity with her at school over a period of about six months,'' the lieutenant said.
Mendoza was booked into county jail on suspicion of multiple child molestation counts.
The suspect has not worked at the school since December, when the campus football season ended, said Manny Rubio a spokesman for the Sweetwater Union High School District.
Saturday, detectives arrested Mar Vista ROTC instructor Martin Albert Gallegos, 48, for allegedly having sex with a 12th grade female student on multiple occasions. Gallegos, a substitute teacher, was subsequently fired.
The two cases apparently are unrelated, according to Brislin.
The Sweetwater Union High School District issued the following statement regarding the second arrest:
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.
This individual is not a full-time employee. They are a "walk-on" coach who has a specific assignment related to one sport during one season. He is not a teacher or substitute. He has been a walk-on coach at Mar Vista since 2013. As of the end of the football season on 2015, this individual does not have an assignment in our district.
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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