San Dimas teacher's aide accused of sex with student

Mandy Morales allegedly had student's baby

SAN DIMAS, Calif. - A teacher's aide at a San Dimas special-needs school was free on bail Thursday following her arrest for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage student and giving birth to his child.

Mandy Morales, 30, was charged Tuesday with a single count of unlawful sexual intercourse, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Peter Hahn said Morales was arrested Wednesday and released late last night on $50,000 bail.

The boy was 16 when the relationship allegedly began in 2011, and was 17 when the child was born, Hahn said. He now is 19, Hahn said.

Morales was an aide at the Canyon View School at the McKinley Children's Center, Hahn said. According to the facility's website, "programs are designed to address the disability needs of the students and to challenge them at the same time."

In a statement released by the McKinley Children's Center, Chief Executive Officer Al Mason said school officials were being fully cooperative with law enforcement but were unable to comment much due to the active investigation.

"Ms. Morales is no longer an employee of Canyon View School," Mason said. "The protection, privacy care, and safety of the children we serve is our highest priority, and we shall continue our cooperation with law enforcement authorities."

Mason said Canyon View School, where students range in age from 5 to 22, "has an excellent reputation for providing the highest level of education to students" which is expected to continue.

"The case originated at the school after a journal belonging to Ms. Morales was found," Hahn said. "(It) detailed an ongoing sexual relationship with a student, (the) victim. This relationship resulted in Ms. Morales having a child who was fathered by the victim."

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