LAGUNA NIGUEL (CBSLA.com) — A coach and teacher’s aide at an Orange County high school has been arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography, authorities said.
Raymond William Henry II, 57, of Laguna Niguel was taken into custody Friday by investigators from the O.C. Child Exploitation Task Force and OCSD’s Special Victims Unit.
Authorities received a call from a local rental car business on Thursday informing them that a customer had left an iPad in a car he had dropped off.
The responding deputy was told the iPad contained photos of naked females between the ages of 11 and 13 exposing their genitals, an OCSD spokesperson said in a press release.
“Suspicious child pornography left on an iPad from a returned vehicle,” Lt. Mike Peters of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said. “Deputies went to the location, looked at the iPad, and from there called our Special Victims Unit.”
While investigators say there was no evidence that the child pornography was connected to any students, there allegedly were numerous photos of underage girls wearing Trabuco Hills High School uniforms and participating in track and field activities.
Investigators then determined Henry II was working as a track and field coach at the school.
“It’s not a good thing to be involved in any illegal behavior, but then you leave your illegal items back in a rental car, yeah, that’s probably not the smartest thing,” the lieutenant said.
Henry II was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography and booked into Orange County Jail. He was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
“You don’t expect like coaches or teachers to like be having that kind of stuff on their phones or iPads or anything like that,” one student said.
The Saddelback Valley School District issued the following statement Saturday:
“The District is fully cooperating with authorities investigating allegations involving the staff member. To ensure the safety of students and to promote a fair, thorough investigation, we are taking immediate steps to ensure the staff member subject to the investigation is being removed from the workplace. Student safety is and always will be our top priority.”
Anyone with additional information is asked to call OCSD’s SVU at (714) 647-7060 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or online.