Mar Vista High School Teacher Accused of Sex with Underage Student

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A 48-year-old substitute teacher at a South Bay high school was arrested over the weekend for allegedly having sex with an underage student, authorities revealed Monday.

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Mar Vista High School. Photo via sweetwaterschools.org

Martin Albert Gallegos, an ROTC instructor at Mar Vista High School in Imperial Beach, was booked into county jail Saturday on suspicion of five counts of nonforcible sexual conduct with the girl, according to sheriff’s officials.

Gallegos bailed out of custody the following day. His initial court hearing is scheduled for April 19.

A campus police officer got a report about the alleged crimes Friday, said Lt. Dan Brislin.

The lieutenant declined to disclose the age of the student, a senior at the Elm Avenue school. Detectives think the alleged sexual relationship had been going on for roughly a month or six weeks, Brislin said.

Due to the arrest, Sweetwater Union High School District officials are in the process of terminating Gallegos’ employment, said SUHSD spokesman Manny Rubio. The suspect has worked for the district since last fall, filling in periodically for full-time teachers, according to Rubio.

— City News Service

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