Eastvale teacher accused of lewd acts with student arrested, faces multiple charges

EASTVALE, Calif., — Authorities say a teacher at Eastvale’s Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Riverside County has been arrested and faces multiple charges related to lewd and lascivious acts with one of her students and sending sexually explicit photos to that student.

Online jail records today showed that the teacher who now stands accused, 30-year-old, Amanda Leigh Quinonez – who also works as a water polo and swim coach at the school – was arrested at her place of employment early yesterday evening. She was subsequently released from jail earlier today after posting $50,000 bail.


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Riverside County Sheriff’s Sergeant Joshua Parker today said that investigators with the Department’s Special Victims Unit began an investigation yesterday after allegations surfaced that she had committed lewd acts with a minor student. Parker did not specify how the allegations came to light or if the victim had reported the alleged criminal activity.

Amanda Quinonez was arrested at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale yesterday afternoon after Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit investigators found evidence that the teacher, who also works as a water polo and swim coach, had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student at the school. Riverside County Sheriff’s Department booking photo

While at the school, SVU investigators gathered evidence that indicated Quinonez had “committed lewd acts with one male student, and distributed harmful matter to that student, which included explicit photos of a sexual nature,” according to Parker.

Based on their investigative findings, SVU officials arrested Quinonez at the high school and she was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside later in the evening.

It was not immediately clear if Quinonez is still employed as a teacher for the Corona Norco Unified School District and contacted today, a school representative declined a request for further information.

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Parker went on to say that the investigation is continuing and urged anyone with further information or who was, or knows someone who was, victimized by Quinonez to contact Investigator D. Schell at (951) 203-4306. Callers can refer to incident file number EV221020035 and can remain anonymous.

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Trevor Montgomery, 51, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and operates Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS). Both are stringer organizations, providing breaking news coverage and community interest stories for other mainstream media organizations throughout the two regions they serve.

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.