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JSerra Teacher Arrested, Fired, in Alleged Molestation

Ricardo Aldana, who taught Spanish and coached volleyball and soccer, is free after posting $100,000 bail. Students react.

A teacher at JSerra Catholic School has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a former student, officials with the Orange County Sheriff's Department said today.

Ricardo Aldana, a Spanish teacher, coach of the girls' junior varsity volleyball team and assistant coach of the boys' soccer team, was taken into custody Wednesday evening. Aldana also coaches a private club in Irvine called Tstreet Volleyball, but his name has since been removed from the coaching staff.

"He is accused of having sex with a former student," said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department. "All I can say about her identity is that she is a female, 14 years or younger."

Aldana, 37, allegedly had sex with the girl at his Dana Point home, he added.

Related: Students Defend Teacher on Facebook.

"The young girl told her mother what had happened. Her mother then contacted the Sheriff's Department," Amormino said. 

School officials reported today they have fired the teacher, and Aldana is also no longer listed at JSerra’s website.

The school issued a statement today:

“We are outraged and sickened by these disturbing allegations, and are cooperating fully with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. 

We strongly encourage anybody in the JSerra community with information that might aid the investigation to contact the Sheriff’s Department immediately.

After learning about the facts surrounding the arrest this morning, we immediately terminated Mr. Aldana.                

JSerra does not tolerate inappropriate conduct between faculty/staff and minors, and we will continue to forcefully enforce our policy.” 

He was released from jail Thursday after posting $100,000 bail, according to City News Service. More charges might be added.

 Teachers and administrators did not inform students of the arrest, but they found out via the Internet, said one freshman.

One boy, who said he had "Sr. Aldana" for Spanish I, called him "a really good guy" and added, "I don't think he would even do anything like that."

Another boy said Aldana was a good teacher and, upon hearing the school had already fired him, said: "That's intense."

Both boys said they had never seen Aldana be flirtatious with girls. The first boy said, "All the volleyball girls said they didn't believe the story at all."

Mom of 2 December 16, 2011 at 01:18 AM
I hope the victim and her family get through this traumatic event. I hope justice is served, and he pays for what he has done to a young girl and the dissapointment he is to society.
Jonathan Arevalo December 16, 2011 at 05:27 AM
Matt Gaffney, your comment is completely inappropriate and is the very reason our country has strict laws describing every citizen's right to a fair trial. If anything, we should do our best to care for those hurt by this crime and let the legal system do its job. Irrational outbursts like your give this town a bad name.
anon ymous December 16, 2011 at 06:15 AM
I am an alumnus of JSerra and I knew him. I just can't believe he did it; he was a great teacher who was kind and supportive of all his students. I never felt uncomfortable around him and I don't know anyone who did. Offensive and insensitive statements like "This idiot should be shot" are completely unhelpful and unnecessary. Remember: Innocent until proven guilty.
Laurenmm December 16, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Aldana is\ was my spanish teacher and was a great teacher he was kind and I never saw this coming I will truly mis him along with all j serra students
jeniffer December 17, 2011 at 05:20 AM
this is not the first time it has happened .. mr. aldana was my form spanish teacher and he was fired from my high school for the same reason ...i cant believe that nothing happened to him the 1st time. i am very saden by this information. justice needs to happen
sergio gonzalez February 13, 2012 at 04:15 AM
All this is nonsense aldana won't do such a thing he's a great kind guy hope he gets this stupid case dismissed
sergio gonzalez February 13, 2012 at 04:16 AM
He is a good teacher back in hawthorne high

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