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Teachers aide accused of sexually assaulting student

January 9, 2013 |  4:53 pm

A teachers aide in the Corona-Norco Unified School District was arrested on suspicion of sexual assaulting a 13-year-old student, authorities said Wednesday.

Steven Martinez of Norco, 22, allegedly sent inappropriate text messages to the girl, and chatted with her on social media sites, before assaulting her, according to a statement released by the Corona Police Department.

The girl’s parents contacted police Monday after seeing the text messages.

Martinez was described as an educational aide working for the district, and met the girl “during the course of his employment.’’  He is being held at the Larry D. Smith Correctional facility in Riverside in lieu of $1 million bail.


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