San Diego Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Unit Makes Two Arrests At Mar Vista High

The San Diego Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Unit has arrested Martin Albert Gallegos, a 48-year-old ROTC substitute teacher at Mar Vista High School on five counts of sexual conduct with a minor – a female student who is a senior at the school on Saturday, April 9.
On April 8, a Sheriff’s School Resource Officer was notified of the incident and authorities believe the relationship had been going on for a few weeks. An investigation confirmed Gallegos had a relationship with the student.
Gallegos was arrested and booked into the San Diego Central Jail. He has posted bail and his court date is set for April 19, 2016.
Manny Rubio of Sweetwater School District Human Resources stated: “We’re cooperating with law enforcement to do whatever we need to follow through on this investigation. We’re talking to the families and releasing information to the entire community to say we’re concerned about this…We think this is an isolated incident and hope this really is the case…We are concerned about the safety of everyone.”
However, there was a second arrest on Tuesday, April 12 of Edward Aaron Mendoza, a 27 year old walk-on assistant football coach for engaging in sexual conduct with a freshman female student.
This arrest is the result of an extensive investigation involving allegations that Mendoza was engaged in an ongoing inappropriate relationship with a female student at the school. This incident was reported after the victim’s father learned his daughter was engaging in extensive phone conversations with Mendoza and was having an inappropriate relationship with him. Detectives discovered Mendoza had fostered an ongoing relationship with the victim and engaged in sexual activity with her at school over a period of about six months. Over the course of the investigation, Child Abuse Detectives developed sufficient evidence to arrest Mendoza for multiple counts of child molest. He will be booked into the San Diego Central Jail.
There does not appear to be any nexus between Saturday’s arrest of Martin Gallegos and Tuesday’s arrest of Edward Mendoza.