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Oakdale High volunteer arrested on suspicion of molesting student

Anthony Perez
Anthony Perez

A volunteer aide at Oakdale High School was arrested on suspicion of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old student.

The victim’s mother notified Oakdale police earlier this month about the alleged relationship between her son and 23-year-old Anthony Perez, a volunteer with the color guard, music and drama departments.

School administration investigated rumors about their alleged relationship and brought them to the attention of the mother, according to Oakdale police Sgt. Joe Johnson.

He said Perez met the victim at school but also communicated with him through an online dating website. Through the website, the two arranged to meet for sexual relations at least once last spring when the victim was 15, Johnson said.

Perez was interviewed by detectives on Friday and consented to a search of his home in the 800 block of Magnolia Avenue. Detectives seized his cellphone and searched the room in which the sexual acts are alleged to have occurred. Johnson said the alleged victim had described details about the room to detectives.

Perez was arrested on suspicion of child molestation, communicating with a minor for the purpose of soliciting sex and using the Internet to meet a minor for the purpose of sexual gratification.

Perez posted bond on a $50,000 bail and was released from the Stanislaus County jail on Saturday.

Larry Mendonca, assistant superintendent of Pupil Services & Facilities, would not comment specifically about Perez but said it is the district’s practice to prohibit anyone under criminal investigation from working at a school site.

Oakdale police ask that any other potential victims or anyone with information about this case call Detective Aaron Beatty or Sgt. Joe Johnson at 209-847-2231.

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