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Junipero Serra High teacher accused of sex with student

January 27, 2012 |  6:50 pm

A Catholic high school teacher in San Juan Capistrano has been charged with engaging in unlawful sex with a 14-year-old girl he met on campus, authorities said Friday.

Ricardo Aldana, 37, who at the time of the alleged incident was a Spanish teacher and boys' soccer coach at Junipero Serra Catholic High School, befriended the victim when she was 13, the Orange County district attorney’s office said.

In June, after the girl turned 14, Aldana massaged her shoulders while they were alone in his classroom, according to prosecutors. They allegedly exchanged frequent text messages and spoke on the phone.

In September, Aldana picked up the girl while her mother was out of town and took her to his Dana Point home, sneaking her into his bedroom to avoid being seen by his roommates, prosecutors said. There, he engaged in a sexual act with her, the district attorney’s office said.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department began investigating the case after an instructor at an out-of-state honors academic camp claimed he overheard statements made by the victim to other students.

Aldana posted $100,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned Monday.

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