State only keeps track of credentialed teachers

Posted at 6:23 PM, Apr 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-13 21:24:30-04

The state of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing keeps track of educator misconduct.

However, it only covers people who are credentialed not everyone on a school campus.

When you type in the name of accused former Mar Vista assistant football coach, Edward Aaron Mendoza, there's no record.

You can't see his background with the state because he has no teaching credentials.

Still, Mendoza was on a school campus and arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an underage student.

He's the second Mar Vista employee arrested in a week. A third adult with ties to the school was also arrested.

Over the weekend, ROTC Instructor Martin Albert Gallegos was booked into county jail on suspicion of five counts of non-forcible sexual conduct with a girl.

Using the state's site, Team 10 learned Gallegos got his certification to teach ROTC back in 2013. According to state information, his credential is valid through 2018.

So far Gallegos has no adverse actions taken against him by the state commission on teacher credentialing.

With three people coming under fire, Team 10 wanted to know the history of every educator at the school.

Using names provided on the Mar Vista High School website we went name by name through the states search function.

Every educator we searched had a clean history and valid credentials with the state.