According to California authorities, a high school volleyball coach is facing multiple charges related to sexual contact with underage students.
As KTRK reported, 28-year-old Omar Rojas served as a Century High School coach at the time of the alleged abuses in 2015.
Santa Ana police say they began investigating the claims last week following a report from one of the alleged victims.
The suspect is accused of scheduling the illicit meetings with students while they were at school, using his position to have the victims excused from their classes.
In a statement on the matter Tuesday, police said that he had later started a job as a safety office for the school district, but did not hold the position during the alleged sexual abuse.
Police noted that Rojas “is also currently employed as a District Safety Officer for the Santa Ana Unified School District.”
Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna described the suspect as “basically a predator” who misused his position on the school staff to violate multiple girls. The girls were between 15 and 17 years old at the time of the alleged abuse.
“He went and got these girls out of class based on his position of trust and while at school he went to a location in the school where he has sexual encounters with these females,” Bertagna said.
As the Los Angeles Times reported, police are still attempting to determine if there are other victims.
“This was 2015,” Bertagna said. “Our next question is what about ’16 and ’17? He’s had access to additional females both as a safety officer and a volleyball coach.”
He reportedly confessed to the charges after his arrest but pleaded not guilty in a preliminary court appearance. He was ordered to report to jail under $1,000,000 bail.
The school district released a statement indicating that Rojas had been suspended from his position as a security officer.
“In the days and weeks ahead, we will work closely with the Santa Ana Police Department on this investigation,” the statement continued. “We will provide counseling support and resources to Century High School and Sierra Preparatory Academy to support students, staff, and parents.”
[Featured image: Omar Rojas, Santa Ana Police Department]