Sentencing delayed for ex-Mar Vista High School staff members accused of sex with students

Posted at 6:47 AM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 18:28:01-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- Sentencing was delayed for two authority figures at Mar Vista High School who pleaded guilty to having sex with students.

Twenty-seven-year-old Edward Aaron Mendoza, an assistant football coach, and 21-year-old Alejandro Rodriguez, a tutor, were scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in South Bay Superior Court.

However, a judge ruled both sentencings be continued.

Mendoza is now scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 9, while Rodriguez is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 3.

On July 29, Mendoza admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old freshman girl over a several-month period. He pleaded guilty to four charges, including lewd acts on a child, and faces up to five years in prison. Mendoza worked as a walk-on assistant football coach. He left Mar Vista High in December 2015, when the football season ended. He was arrested in April.

Rodriguez worked as a tutor at Mar Vista. He was arrested March 9 on charges of having sex with an underage male student at the school. He pleaded guilty to statutory rape. The sexual assaults occurred on Feb. 21 and Feb. 28 of this year. Rodriguez was 20 when he had sex with a 16-year-old boy. He faces up to three years in prison and possible registration as a sex offender.

In August, 48-year-old Martin Albert Gallegos, a substitute teacher and ROTC instructor, pleaded guilty to having sex with a 17-year-old female student. He was sentenced to one year in San Diego County jail and three years of felony formal probation. Gellagos had worked for the Sweetwater Union High School District since the fall of 2015 and was arrested in April. He was not required to register as a sex offender.