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North High trainer accused of inappropriate behavior with students resigns

Posted at 11:30 AM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-14 11:11:21-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A North High School trainer accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior with both male and female students has resigned, according to the Kern High School District (KHSD).

According to KHSD, Edwin Rodriguez resigned in May.

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 court documents.

In February, the Kern County District Attorney's Office told 23ABC News there were at least 10 victims in the case.

Court documents show Kern County Sheriff's Office investigators identified eight juvenile victims during their investigation. KCSO said the sexual misconduct dated back to 2015.

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.

Rodriguez's wife, Josie Rodriguez, who was a cheer and instructional aide at North High, also resigned in May. She was placed on paid administrative leave on Nov. 26, 2018. In February, KHSD would not say if it was connected to the investigation.