A KCSO Detentions Deputy was arrested for allegedly sending "sexually explicit" Snapchat messages to a Wasco High School student.
According to KCSO, on November 15, the student reported to a school administrator that they had been receiving sexually explicit Snapchat messages from 23-year-old Miguel Saldana. The administrator contacted KCSO, who began an investigation into the allegations. During the investigation, detectives learned Saldana was attempting to obtain sexual favors from the student via Snapchat messages.
Saldana was contacted by KCSO on November 15 where he was taken into custody without incident. Saldana was subsequently booked into the Central Receiving Facility for felony Penal Code Sections, 288.4(b), 288.2(a), 288.3 and the misdemeanor Penal Code Sections, 288.4(a)(1), 647.6(a)(1).
Saldana is currently employed as a Detentions Deputy with KCSO. He has been employed with KCSO for approximately 2 years. Saldana is also a volunteer assistant coach at Wasco High School. He was placed on administrative leave after being arrested.
The Wasco Union High School District released this statement on the matter:
We regret to report that Wasco High School walk-on coach has been arrested by the Kern County Sheriff’s Department for alleged misconduct involving a minor. We have been cooperating closely with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office in their investigation. The coach has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case and is no longer in contact with students.Student safety and well-being is a very high priority in our school, and we encourage everyone to report reasonable suspicions of inappropriate behavior. Our staff and students are told that if they see or hear something they should say something.We are cooperating fully with law enforcement, but due to the confidentiality of student and personnel matters the District is unable to make any further comment at this time.Sincerely,Lori AlbrechtSuperintendent, Wasco Union High School DistrictLamentamos informar que el entrenador ambulante de la Escuela Preparatoria de Wasco ha sido arrestado por el Departamento del Sheriff del Condado de Kern por supuesta mala conducta relacionada con una menor. Hemos cooperado attentamente con la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Kern en su investigación. El entrenador ha cido colocado en suspencion administrativa en espera del resultado del caso y ya no está en contacto con los estudiantes.
La seguridad y el bienestar de los estudiantes es una prioridad muy alta en nuestras escuelas y el Distrito está preocupado por el bienestar de la víctima. Alentamos a todos a reportar sospechas razonables de comportamiento inapropiado. Se les dice a nuestro personal y estudiantes que si ven o escuchan algo, deben decir algo.
Estamos cooperando plenamente con la policía, pero debido a la confidencialidad de los asuntos de los estudiantes y el personal, el Distrito no puede hacer más comentarios en este momento.Sinceramente,Lori AlbrechtSuperintedente, Wasco Union High School District