A paraprofessional and athletic coach at Edison Career and Technology High School has been charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child involving an incident with an East High School student last year, reports the Democrat and Chronicle.
Mariano Velazquez, 51, was the girls varsity basketball coach at East at the time of the alleged incident.
A letter to sent to families of the school from Edison said Velazquez was suspended when the allegations surfaced in early 2015, but “the allegations could not be proved and he was allowed to return to work.”
The letter continues to state that new information was brought to police in the past two weeks, which ultimately led to Velazquez’ arrest and days later he was placed on leave and “will not be allowed to have contact with students in any district school until this legal matter is resolved.”
The school said it has no reason to believe that the inappropriate activity occurred on school property or that other students were involved.
It would pose a big problem for the school if they did not conduct a thorough investigation after the initial allegations and allowed this predator back into the school with full access to other kids. All staff and administrators of the school must take every allegation seriously to prevent others from being victimized.