A 34-year-old Santa Ana High School wrestling coach accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old former student was released from jail Thursday when prosecutors declined to file charges against him.
Santa Ana police were asked to gather more evidence before charges can be considered against Jaime Orendain, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Orendain was arrested Tuesday night in a riverbed near the 4000 block of West Segerstrom Avenue, according to Bertagna.
The alleged victim’s parents found out about the relationship and confronted their daughter about it, Bertagna said.
“She tells the parents that they had this seven- or eight-month relationship, but then she texts the suspect and informs him that her father is aware and he immediately contacted work and told them he was” moving to San Antonio, Texas, Bertagna said.
Meanwhile, the suspect posted a note on Instagram that left friends and members of the wrestling team suspecting that he was suicidal, so they called police, Bertagna said.
After the girl’s parents came to the police station to report the allegations, detectives “put two and two together” and investigators tracked down Orendain, who is married with six children, Bertagna said.
According to investigators, some of the sexual liaisons between Orendain and the girl occurred on campus during school hours.
Orendain began working for the Santa Ana Unified School District in May 2002, officials said.
–City News Service
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