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North High School employee accused of inappropriate relations with students resigns

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 21:24:06-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern High School district has informed 23ABC that one of their staff members have officially resigned due to pending investigations of inappropriate relations with students.

Edwin Rodriguez and his wife Josie Rodriguez both resigned this past May we have learned from the Kern High School District. Josie Rodriguez, served as a cheer and instructional aide at North High and has not been charged in connection with the case.

Edwin Rodriquez, 41, has been charged with a total of 24 charges and 11 of them are felonies offenses. There have also been seven civil lawsuits filed by alleged victims of Edwin Rodriguez. The district said they could not comment on why the couple resigned.

Rodriguez along with his wife, Josie Rodriguez, were both employees of North High School until they both resigned in May 23ABC has learned this from the Kern High School District.

Rodriguez was an athletic trainer at North High School and was accused of engaging 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 court documents.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged on February 19 with multiple felony and misdemeanor counts, including eight felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child 14 to 15 years old. He and his wife were put on paid administrative leave in September of 2018.

Rodriguez is still in custody and has retained Kyle Humphrey as his attorney.

Humphrey said to 23ABC via phone that “we are going continue to prepare for the upcoming hearing and are currently reviewing all of the huge amount of discovery.”

Edwin Rodriguez is due back in court in July to face the 24 charges.