A 30-year-old former Perris High School math teacher who sexually assaulted a boy on multiple occasions pleaded guilty Tuesday to seven felony offenses.
Gerardo Curiel Regalado of Perris admitted five counts of sodomy of a child under 16 years old, as well as one count each of supplying pornography to a minor and annoying a child.
The admissions came during a status hearing before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Ronald Taylor at the Riverside Hall of Justice. Taylor scheduled a sentencing hearing for Jan. 7 and left Regalado’s bail set at $1 million.
He’s being held at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta. The prospective term of imprisonment was not immediately known.
According to Sgt. John Burke of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were notified near the end of January of inappropriate contact between the defendant and the victim, identified in court documents only as “John Doe,” beginning in 2013.
Burke said that, at the time, Regalado was working as a tutor and varsity volleyball coach for both the boys and girls teams at Perris High.
According to court records, the sex acts occurred mostly in 2015, both in Perris and Lake Elsinore. The circumstances were not disclosed.
Prosecutors said there was a second youth on whom the defendant additionally focused his attention, but no sexual abuse was alleged, only harassment. That victim’s identity also was not revealed.
Soon after the sheriff’s investigation got underway, Regalado was suspended from his position as a math instructor, a job in which he had been placed in August 2019, according to the Perris Union High School District.
Officials said Regalado resigned his post shortly before he was taken into custody.
He has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.
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