2 men arrested separately for attempting lewd acts with minors
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@