A man who taught second grade at an elementary school in the Rowland Unified School District remains jailed Friday in connection with charges that he committed lewd acts on three girls and molested a fourth girl.
Jose Cruz Martinez, 54, is charged with four felony counts of lewd act upon a child and one misdemeanor count of child molesting, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The criminal complaint alleges that the crimes occurred between Aug. 1, 2017 and April 1, 2018.
Martinez taught second grade at Rowland Elementary School, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
Authorities have not disclosed whether the charges involve students or where the alleged crimes occurred.
“Upon receipt of information regarding alleged misconduct of a 2nd grade teacher, the teacher was immediately removed from the classroom and school. The allegations were reported to law enforcement and we have cooperated fully with their investigation,” the Rowland Unified School District said in a statement. “We have communicated with our families to inform them of this situation.”
Martinez — who was arrested April 24 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau — is being held in lieu of $1.42 million bail, according to jail records.
He is due back in a Pomona courtroom June 6, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.