PALMDALE – A 29-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to three years in state prison for sexually abusing a male student enrolled in a special needs program at Highland High School, authorities said.
Aaron Alvidrez was immediately sentenced after pleading no contest to two felony counts of sodomy of a person under 18 and meeting a minor for lewd purposes, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
In addition to the prison sentence, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Eric Harmon ordered Alvidrez to register as a lifetime sex offender and to stay away from the victim for 10 years.
Prosecutors said Alvidrez was a substitute teacher at Highland High School in Palmdale when he sexually abused a 17-year-old male student in a classroom and inside his vehicle between Sept. 22 and Oct. 3, 2014. Alvidrez was employed as a long-term substitute teacher, and the victim was enrolled in a special needs program at the school, according to the Sheriff Department’s Special Victims Bureau.
An investigation was launched Oct. 20, 2014, after the student reported the abuse to school officials; and Alvidrez was arrested Oct. 21 at his Lancaster home and charged with multiple felony sex crimes, detectives said. Alvidrez posted bail and was released from police custody Oct. 23, 2014, according to LASD inmate records.
During a preliminary court hearing in December 2014, the victim testified that he met Alvidrez when the substitute teacher taught one of his classes, and Alvidrez sent him “full body nudes” on the smartphone messaging app Kik Messenger. They had three sexual encounters – two in a Highland High School classroom before the morning bell rang and one in Alvidrez’s vehicle – all of which occurred in late September 2014, according to the victim’s testimony at the preliminary court hearing. [Read more here.]
Following that court hearing, Alvidrez was ordered to stand trial on three counts of sodomy of a person under 18, two counts of oral copulation of a person under 18, and one count each of distributing or showing pornography to a minor and meeting a minor for lewd purposes.
He originally faced a possible maximum sentence of eight years in state prison. He was sentenced to three years and some of the charges were dismissed as part of the no contest plea agreement.
Alvidrez, who has remained out on bond since October 2014, was sent to state prison on Thursday, authorities said.
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