Perris teacher charged with lewd acts involving two children
PERRIS, Calif. — Authorities say a Perris High School teacher was arrested Thursday, Feb. 18, after an investigation revealed he had committed lewd acts with two former students between 2013 and 2016. Officials did not specify if the alleged victims were boys or girls and did not reveal their ages; however, the man’s charges indicate at least one of his victims was younger than 14-years-old when the alleged incidents occurred.
The alleged suspect, 29-year-old, Gerardo Regalado, of Perris, who was still employed by the Perris Union High School District as a teacher when the allegations emerged, was working as a tutor and volleyball coach when the incidents reportedly occurred, according to officials. However, after the allegations surfaced he was placed on administrative leave and has since resigned, according to Perris Union High School District Deputy Superintendent Candace Reines.
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On Friday, Jan. 22, deputies assigned to the Perris Sheriff’s Station responded to Perris High School after receiving allegations of past lewd acts against Regalado, Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant John Burke said after Regalado’s arrest.
“The information was immediately forwarded to the Perris Station’s Detective Bureau for further investigation,” said Burke.
Authorities yesterday arrested 29-year-old, Gerardo Regalado, of Perris, for several charges related to lewd acts he allegedly committed while employed by Perris High School as a tutor and volleyball coach between 2013 and 2016. He has since resigned from his position and is no longer employed by the school.
“During the course of the investigation, it was revealed that (Regalado) had committed lewd acts on two former students,” Burke added.
After investigators interviewed Regalado, he was arrested for various charges related to the alleged incidents.
Regalado was subsequently booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside on suspicion of sodomy by force, oral copulation with a minor younger than 14, and sending harmful material to a minor, all felonies. He was also charged with annoying or molesting a victim younger than 18, a misdemeanor.
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Online jail records indicate Regalado remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail or bond and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Riverside Hall of Justice Feb. 22.
The Sheriff’s investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this investigation or who believes they were victimized by Regalado is encouraged to contact Investigator Mullins at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department – Perris Station by calling (951) 210-1000, or by email. Callers can refer to incident file number PE210220124 and can remain anonymous.
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Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.