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North High equipment manager pleads not guilty after arrested for lewd acts with a minor

Posted at 3:21 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 02:26:18-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A North High equipment manager, who was arrested and charged yesterday with multiple counts of lewd acts with a minor, plead not guilty today in court.

40-year-old Edwin Rodriguez faces eight felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child 14 to 15-years-old and three felony counts of exhibiting harmful matter to a minor. Rodriguez also faces 12 misdemeanor counts of annoying/ etc. a child under 18-years-old and one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment.

According to court documents obtained by 23ABC, Edwin Rodriguez allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior with both male and female students, including telling a 17-year-old male student he was "gay on the weekends." According to the District Attorney, at least 10 victims are involved in the case.

Rodriguez is expected back in court on April 25. A $175,000 bail has been set for Rodriguez.