Larson Justice Center
The Larson Justice Center in Indio. File photo

A Coachella Valley Unified School District teacher accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a girl he encountered outside his work will be returning to court next month for a status hearing.

Luis Alfonso Martinez, 42, was arrested Aug. 12 at his residence in La Quinta and charged with five felony counts, including lewd acts on a child under 14 years old and committing multiple sexual acts against the same minor.

Martinez’s case had been scheduled Thursday for a preliminary hearing before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Burke Strunsky, but at the request of the prosecution and defense, the hearing was vacated, possibly due to scheduling conflicts.

Strunsky ordered the parties to return to the Larson Justice Center in Indio on Oct. 13 for a status report and to confirm the next preferred date for a preliminary hearing, which will determine whether there’s sufficient evidence to warrant a trial in the case.

According to court records, the alleged assaults occurred between October 2010 and October 2014.

Lissette Santiago, a CVUSD spokeswoman, confirmed last month that Martinez had been accused of “lewd acts with a child, not involving his employment” as an adult education teacher.

Investigators have not revealed the defendant’s relationship, if any, to the girl, and his employment status is inactive, though it is unclear whether he has been formally terminated. The length of his tenure also was not disclosed by the district.

The defendant is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

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