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A Riverside High School Instructor Arrested for Sexual Relationship with Former Student

A Riverside High School Instructor Arrested for Sexual Relationship with Former Student

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RIVERSIDE, Ca. – A John W. North High School instructor and privately-employed athletic trainer was arrested for a sexual relationship with a minor. 

The instructor, identified as John Torrez, 26, of Loma Linda, was arrested on Thursday, March 5, 2020, after the Riverside Police Department’s School Resource Officer (SRO) assigned to the school became aware of his illicit sexual involvement with a former student. The school was made aware when a female student came forward to report that Torrez was involved in an ongoing relationship with the juvenile for several months. At the conclusion of the investigation, Torrez was arrested and booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center for two counts of oral copulation. He was released after posting $100,000 bail. 

The suspect worked as a Career Technical Education Instructor for the Riverside County Office of Education, and also as an athletic trainer for a private company called Clover Enterprises. He has been assigned to the high school since November 2018.Spokespersons from the Riverside County Office of Education and the Riverside Unified School District provided the following joint statement:

“A Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) teacher, assigned to John W. North High School in the Riverside Unified School District (RUSD), was arrested by the Riverside Police Department on Thursday, March 5. Upon notification of the investigation by law enforcement, RCOE immediately placed the employee on administrative leave and launched an internal investigation. Both the Riverside County Office of Education and the Riverside Unified School District are fully cooperating with law enforcement and take all allegations of staff misconduct very seriously. Since the investigation is both a police and personnel matter, RCOE and RUSD are not making further comment related to the arrest of the RCOE employee at this time. Ensuring all students’ safety and well-being is a priority for both the Riverside County Office of Education and the Riverside Unified School District.”

This investigation is ongoing and no other details are available at this time. If anyone has additional information regarding this investigation and arrest, please contact School Resource Officer Nicholas Cantino at (951) 826-5638 or ncantino@riversideca.gov. Those wishing to remain anonymous can email rpdtips@riversideca.gov or utilize the Riverside Police Department’s mobile app “Submit a Tip” feature while referencing report number 200000868.

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