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Middle School Security Guard Ordered To Stand Trial On Molestation Charges

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INDIO (CBS) — A former security guard at Desert Springs Middle School was ordered to stand trial for child molestation charges Friday.

Marvin Cash, 46, is charged with one count each of committing a lewd act with a child younger than 14 and sexual battery, both felonies.

He is also charged with two misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child under 18.

If convicted of either of the felony counts, Cash would have to register as a sex offender.

Superior Court Judge James S. Hawkins determined there was enough evidence to hold Cash to answer the various charges.

At a preliminary hearing, a teen said that when she was an eighth grader, Cash offered her $50 for a naked picture of herself.

She sent him a face shot but says he insisted on a nude photo and propositioned her several times on school grounds between classes.

Other students reportedly testified that Cash tried to kiss them, grabbed their breasts, exposed himself or demanded students touch him inappropriately. Five also reportedly said he asked them if they would have his child.

Cash denied the allegations saying many of the students were trying to get back at him after he disciplined them for truancy.

Cash is free on $50,000 bail. While his case is pending, he is barred from working as a security guard.

 (©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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