Coalinga school employee arrested on child molestation charges

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A school security guard in Coalinga was arrested on charges of having inappropriate contact with an underage student, the Coalinga Police Department said Tuesday.

On Feb. 24, officers learned of possible misconduct of a school  security guard, the Police Department said. The case was turned over the Coalinga Police Department’s School Resource Officer for further investigation.

A Coalinga Huron Unified School District student was contacted and interviewed regarding this allegation on the school security guard.

The child told the officer that over the past few months she had developed a “relationship” with the school employee, the Police Department said.

During the interview officers got permission from the girl and her parents to look through her phone where found text messages between the two of them.

The girl said she had deleted other messages between then prior to Feb. 24, police said.

The juvenile had said in her interview she and the school employee had inappropriate contact with one another, police said. The investigating officer asked the juvenile’s parents if they could take the phone to the Department of Justice for further analysis.

The phone was taken to the DOJ office in Fresno.

On Tuesday, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office was contacted and consulted on the case.

Officer’s obtained an arrest warrant for Adolfo Sandoval, 30, of Coalinga, on charges of annoying or molesting a person under the age of 18 years old.

Around 12:15 p.m., officers made a traffic enforcement stop on a gray Mini Cooper in which Sandoval was driving in the 200 block of Jefferson Street.

Sandoval was taken into custody without incident and is currently being held at the Coalinga Police Department for questioning and will be transferred to the Fresno County Jail. police said.

Anyone with information should contact Coalinga Huron Unified School District’s Administration’s office or the Coalinga Police Department.

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