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CVUSD employee accused of sexual relationship with student


A Coachella Valley Unified School District employee is behind bars following reports of an alleged sexual relationship with a student.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, on Thursday, CVUSD officials alerted officials and the Thermal Sheriff's Station began an investigation.

RSO revealed that investigators were able to quickly discovered that Edward Noel Alvarado Valadez, 25, of Coachella had engaged in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a Coachella Valley High School student through various social media apps.

A previous RSO news release listed the suspect's last name as "Valedez".

The same day, authorities found Valadez at another school within the district, where he was placed under arrest. He has been booked at the county jail in Indio for the charge of lewd acts with a minor.

According to county jail records, his arresting location was listed as Valle Del Sol Elementary School in Coachella. The arresting time was listed at Thursday at 2:50 p.m.

Coachella Valley Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Maria Gandera issued the following statement to News Channel 3 about the incident:

District administrative staff were notified of reports alleging that
[sic] in-appropriate messages and images were sent by a substitute employee to a student via social media.  Law enforcement was immediately contacted and began an ongoing investigation with District assistance.  The substitute employee was subsequently arrested.  The safety and security of everyone in our educational community continues to be our primary consideration as we strive to provide a quality educational experience.  We urge staff,students, and parents to immediately report incidents of this nature to law enforcement or the district.

It remains unclear what Valadez's role was with CVUSD.

Valadez official charge is listed as felony count -288.5 (A) (1) Arranging a Meeting With a Minor for Lewd Purposes.

"Every person who, motivated by an unnatural or abnormal sexual interest in children, arranges a meeting with a minor or a person he or she believes to be a minor for the purpose of exposing his or her genitals or pubic or rectal area, having the child expose his or her genitals or pubic or rectal area, or engaging in lewd or lascivious behavior, shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000), by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both the fine and imprisonment," read the penal code section describing the count on

The investigation remains ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Investigator Burgie at the Thermal Sheriff's Station by calling (760) 863-8488.

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