PALMDALE – A former Highland High School substitute teacher accused of sexually abusing a 17-year-old special needs student was ordered Tuesday to stand trial.
Aaron Alvidrez, 28, must stand trial on three counts of sodomy of person under 18, two counts of oral copulation of a person under 18, distributing or showing pornography to a minor and meeting a minor for lewd purposes.
Alvidrez, out on bail since late October, appeared in an Antelope Valley courtroom Tuesday for a probable cause hearing. His 17-year-old male victim took the witness stand and gave graphic details about the alleged sexual abuse.
The victim said he met Alvidrez in August when the substitute teacher taught one of his classes at Highland High School, and the two engaged in “sexually explicit activities” about a month later.
The victim said it started when he dropped by the substitute teacher’s classroom one morning in late September, and the two spoke about the smartphone messaging app, Kik Messenger.
Later that day, they began communicating through the Kik app, the victim said. The victim testified that Alvidrez sent him “full body nudes” on Kik, and the two arranged to meet the next morning in a classroom on the Highland High School campus.
They met as planned, from around 6:30 a.m. “until the bell rang” about an hour later, the victim testified. He said students and teachers were on campus as the two were engaged in oral and anal sex inside the classroom.
The very next morning, Alvidrez again met him in the same classroom for another sexual encounter, the victim testified. The teen also testified about a sexual encounter in Alvidrez’s car, which he said took place right “down the street” from his Palmdale home.
Under cross-examination, the victim said he and Alvidrez had three sexual encounters – two in the Highland High School classroom and one in Alvidrez’s vehicle – all of which occurred in late September.
Following the victim’s testimony, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Christopher Estes found that enough evidence was presented against Alvidrez for the case to proceed to trial. A second arraignment is set for Dec. 16.
Detectives began investigating Alvidrez Oct. 20, after the victim told Highland High School officials about the alleged sexual abuse, according to Sergeant Brian Hudson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau. Hudson said the victim was enrolled in a special needs program at Highland High School. Alvidrez was arrested Oct. 21 at his Lancaster home, and he bailed out of jail three days later. If convicted as charged, the 28-year-old Lancaster resident faces a possible maximum sentence of eight years in state prison.
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