Gerardo Regalado, 29, was taken into custody at the Riverside County sheriff’s station in Perris. He was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in French Valley on various sexual assault and related charges.
It was unclear Friday whether Regalado had an attorney who could speak on his behalf. He had not been charged as of Friday.
Deputies began investigating the case in January when they went to the school after a report of lewd acts with a child that happened between 2013 and 2016, a sheriff’s news release said. The suspect was identified as Regalado, who at the time was a tutor and volleyball coach, the release said. The victims were described as former students.
It was unclear Friday whether the victims were students at the time of the assaults and whether they were on the volleyball teams that Regalado coached.
Regalado was placed on administrative leave when the allegations surfaced and later resigned, Perris Union High School District Deputy Superintendent Candace Reines said Friday.
Regalado had been an intern math teacher since August 2019. Regalado, in a biography posted on the school website for the 2016-17 season, wrote that at the time he had been the varsity girls coach for two years and the freshman coach for two years before that.
The Sheriff’s Department asks anyone with information on the case to call Investigator Mullins at 951-210-1000.