A former Spanish teacher at Dana Hills High School pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a boy for about two years, starting when the victim was 13, and was immediately sentenced to five years in prison.
Ezequiel Christopher Barragan, 50, of Aliso Viejo, also pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and must register for the rest of his life as a sex offender.
Barragan met the victim, who was not a student at the high school, through the defendant’s volunteer work with the Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children in Orange County program, according to Deputy District Attorney Vanessa Woods.
Barragan sexually assaulted the boy between Aug. 14, 2012, and Feb. 7 of last year, and was in possession of child porn featuring boys 12 to 16 years old posing partially nude, Woods said.
Barragan taught Spanish to freshmen and juniors and was chairman of the school’s World Languages Department.
Barragan, who was initially a target of a U.S. Postal Service investigation of child porn, has coached high school, junior high and youth baseball over the past 20 years, according to Orange County sheriff’s officials.
–City News Service
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