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A Coachella man accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage student over a social media app while employed as a substitute teaching assistant re-entered not guilty pleas Thursday.

Edward Noel Alvarado-Valadez, 28, is charged with one felony count of sending harmful matter to seduce a minor and one misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child stemming from crimes that allegedly occurred in November and December of 2019.

He initially entered not guilty pleas at his arraignment Oct. 8, 2020. At the end of a preliminary hearing Dec. 13, 2022, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Dean Benjamini ruled that there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial for Alvarado-Valadez on both charges.

Alvarado-Valadez re-entered not guilty pleas to both charges Thursday morning at the Larson Justice Center in Indio. He’s due back in court March 29 for a trial-readiness conference.

Alvarado-Valadez, who remains out of custody on bond, was arrested in October 2020, following accusations that he had inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old female student at Coachella Valley High School in Thermal.

According to district Superintendent Maria Gandera, Alvarado-Valadez was employed as a substitute instructional support assistant for about 10 months and is no longer working there.

A declaration in support of an arrest warrant prepared by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Prezell Burgie alleges that the defendant contacted the female student “via Snapchat and performed a sexual act on himself while on video chat.”

In a prior conversation, Alvarado-Valadez allegedly attempted to meet the student to smoke marijuana with her, and at one point, attempted to entice her into meeting in person to have sex, the declaration alleges.

The student eventually reported the alleged incidents to the school, which contacted the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Jail records show Alvarado-Valadez was arrested at Valle Del Sol Elementary School in Coachella, which is also in the Coachella Valley Unified School District.

According to court records, Alvarado-Valadez was charged in a separate case with one felony count of sexual penetration with a foreign object.

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