San Jose high school coach accused of sexual relations with students arraigned on 10 felonies

SAN JOSE (BCN) — An assistant track coach at an East San Jose high school who allegedly had inappropriate relationships with two students was arraigned Friday on 10 felony charges, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

Enoch Garcia, 21, of San Jose, was charged with 10 felonies that include unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, district attorney’s officials said.

The suspect was an assistant track and cross country coach at Mt. Pleasant High School for two years before his arrest, said Cari Vaeth, associate superintendent of human resources at the East Side Union High
School District.

He appeared at the Hall of Justice in San Jose where his bail was set at $300,000 and he was given two protective orders against the victims in the case, district attorney’s officials said.

Garcia was scheduled to return to court on Tuesday for a plea hearing, prosecutors said.

On Monday, a district employee contacted police to report an inappropriate relationship between a student and an assistant coach, later identified as Garcia, police Officer Albert Morales said.

A day later, Garcia was interviewed by the police department’s Internet Crimes Against Children/Child Exploit Detail task force and arrested, Morales said.

An investigation showed Garcia allegedly had sexual relationships two students, ages 14 and 17, enrolled at the school, according to Morales.

“In this case we have an employee who violated the trust of the district and the students,” Vaeth said.

Garcia is a 2012 graduate of the high school and was terminated from his position as a part-time coach on Monday, when a teacher reported the alleged relationship to the district, she said.

In response, the district notified police and Child Protective Services, she said.

The principal has addressed students in response to the arrest and counselors are available on campus for support, according to Vaeth.

District officials are cooperating with the police investigation, she said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police Detective Sgt. Spears or Detective Jourdenais at (408) 537-1381. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-7867.

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