An adult-education teacher for the Coachella Valley Unified School District is due in court Thursday for a hearing to determine whether he will stand trial on felony charges of sexually assaulting a child over a four-year period.
Luis Alfonso Martinez, 42, was arrested Aug. 12 in La Quinta and charged with two counts each of oral copulation or sexual penetration of a child under 10 and committing a lewd act on a child under 14 with force, and one count of committing three or more lewd acts with a child under 14, according to court records.
The alleged assaults occurred between October 2010 and October 2014, according to the felony complaint.
Lissette Santiago, a CVUSD spokeswoman, previously confirmed that Martinez is accused of “lewd acts with a child, not involving his employment” as an adult education teacher.
Authorities have not revealed the defendant’s relationship, if any, to the alleged victim, and his employment status with the district was unclear.
Martinez pleaded not guilty to the charges during his arraignment on Aug. 20 at the Larson Justice Center in Indio, where he is due Thursday morning for a preliminary hearing, in which a judge will decide if there is enough evidence to proceed to trial.
The defendant is being held at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning in lieu of $1 million bail.