PALMDALE – A long-term substitute teacher at Highland High School in Palmdale is accused of sexually assaulting a special needs male student at the school, authorities said.
Aaron Alvidrez, 28, of Lancaster, is charged with seven felony counts, including multiple counts of committing sodomy on a minor, oral copulation on a minor, and meeting a minor for the purpose of committing a lewd act.
Detectives began their investigation on Monday, Oct. 20, after a 17-year-old male student at Highland High School came forward, according to Sergeant Brian Hudson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau.
“I don’t have specifics on [the victim’s] grade level, but he was in a special needs program at the school and that is how he met the teacher,” Hudson said.
Hudson said the student told school officials that a teacher at the school had sexually assaulted him on several occasions during the month of September and that the assaults took place inside a classroom at Highland High School, located at 39905 25th Street West in Palmdale. The student also claimed he was sexually assaulted inside the teacher’s vehicle off campus, according to Hudson.
Upon learning of the student’s allegations, school officials immediately contacted the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, according to Hudson.
The investigation was presented to the District Attorney’s office on Tuesday, Oct. 21, and Aaron Alvidrez was arrested around 4 p.m. that day at his Lancaster home.
He is currently in the custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and being held in lieu of $325,000 bail.
“A concern of ours is always that there may be other victims out there, but we have no reason to believe at this time that there are other victims,” Hudson said.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273.
UPDATED 10/24/14: Authorities are not releasing a booking photo of Aaron Alvidrez because they believe their are no other potential victims in this case, according to Sgt. Brian Hudson. Alvidrez posted bail and was released from custody at 5:01 p.m.,Thursday, Oct. 23.