2 men ar­rested sep­a­rately for at­tempt­ing lewd acts with mi­nors

Imperial Valley Press - - NEWS -

A 24-year-old El Cen­tro man was ar­rested Wednesday, Bradley and a 52-year-old San Diego man was ar­rested Tues­day, sep­a­rately, Cano for al­legedly

at­tempt­ing to con­tact a mi­nor for the pur­poses of com­mit­ting a lewd act, the Im­pe­rial County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­ported.

Ger­ardo Gon­za­lez-Cano, of El Cen­tro, was ar­rested by sher­iff’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors for al­legedly con­tact­ing a mi­nor to com­mit a sex­ual of­fense, lur­ing a mi­nor for sex, at­tempted lewd acts on a child and at­tempt­ing to re­move a child with­out parental con­sent, the Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­ported.

Gon­za­lez-Cano has been em­ployed for the past year as a part-time cam­pus aide at Imag­ine Schools at Im­pe­rial Val­ley, where his du­ties in­clude serv­ing as a cross­ing guard, and help­ing mon­i­tor stu­dents dur­ing re­cess and while be­ing trans­ported by bus.

Fol­low­ing his ar­rest, school ad­min­is­tra­tors im­me­di­ately placed Gon­za­lez-Cano on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave, where he will re­main pend­ing the out­come of the Sher­iff’s Of­fice’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said Rhonda Ca­gle, Imag­ine Schools chief com­mu­ni­ca­tions and devel­op­ment of­fi­cer.

At no time was Gon­za­lez-Cano, whose ex­ten­sive pre-em­ploy­ment back­ground check did not raise any is­sues, ever left alone with stu­dents, Ca­gle said.

Other than Gon­za­lez-Cano’s ar­rest, the cam­pus is not aware of any ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion in con­nec­tion to the al­leged in­ci­dent, Ca­gle said.

Gon­za­lez-Cano was booked into county jail and held on a $100,000 bond.

Lars Bradley, of San Diego, was ar­rested by sher­iff’s in­ves­ti­ga­tors for al­legedly con­tact­ing a mi­nor to com­mit a sex­ual of­fense, lur­ing a mi­nor for sex, at­tempted lewd acts on a child, at­tempt­ing to re­move a child with­out parental con­sent and shar­ing harm­ful mat­ter with a child, the ICSO re­ported.

Bradley, whose oc­cu­pa­tion was listed as a part­time teacher in the sher­iff’s ar­rest records, was booked into county jail and held on a $100,000 bond.

Any­one with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the al­leged in­ci­dents is en­cour­aged to call the ICSO’s In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit at 442-265-2045.

— Julio Mo­rales, jmorales@

iv­pres­son­line.com

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