SANTA ANA (CBS) — A former Spanish teacher at a Roman Catholic high school in San Juan Capistrano was scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges of having sex with a 14-year-old student.

Ricardo Aldana, 37, was fired from JSerra Catholic High School after he was arrested in December. He now faces seven felony counts of lewd acts on a child, according to Deputy District Attorney Jana Hoffmann.

The former teacher, who also coached boys soccer at the school, met the girl at JSerra when she was 13 years old, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors allege he had sex with the girl in his Dana Point home while her mother was out of town in September. They also claim he massaged her inappropriately in June and communicated with her via text messages and phone calls.

Aldana’s attorney, Michael Molfetta, denied the charges and criticized prosecutors for putting out a public statement about the arrest and the charges.

“I have a lot of respect for the D.A.’s office. I have no doubt that they believe in their case and I am sure they feel a conviction is imminent,” Molfetta said. “But I am not a fan of press releases. I see no need to stand on the courthouse steps and publicly level accusations and leak facts to the public.”

“When live bullets start to fly and facts are brought forth, the truth shall come out,” he said. “That is when press releases matter. Until then, let’s save some trees and do our talking in court.”

Aldana, free on $100,000 bail, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. If convicted as charged, he could get up to seven years in prison.

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Comments (8)
  1. Sage Advice says:

    It’s not called – “sex with” when you say “having sex with a 14-year-old student.

    It’s called rape. Get it right.

    However, something is odd about the lawyer’s comments that make me wonder if there are false accusations by the 14 year old going on. It happens. But IF the guy did it – IT WAS RAPE and should be called so by the media, if they are going to report on it at all.

  2. Misio says:

    Sex that is not forced, is not a rape. A 13 yo girl can be mature enough to know well what she is doing. Who and how decides the age of consent, anyway?

    1. eve says:

      I hope someone’s monitoring your reply and keeping tabs on you. You pervert.

      1. Elleshanel says:

        Hmmmm. Toughy. While I COMPLETELY understand the law, and sa Mother myself I would personally want to KILL any GROWN MAN who had touched my daughter, however, I think the depth of the reaction depends on the people involved. I was 15 years old when I lost my virginity. I was not coaxed, I was well aware of what I was doing and I surely wasn’t raped. And just a lil FYI, I’d considered having sex at 14, but decided to wait only to prove a point to my then boyfriend. Would I FREAK out if I found out that some grown man was having sex with my 14/15 year old daughter, HELL YESS, however, I’d definitely have a sit-down with my kid and find out JUST what was really going on before I call the police and have a man’s life ruined if the act, though repulsive, was indeed consensual.

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