YUMA, Ariz. – Police arrested a local school employee after officers say he admitted to sexually abusing a 17-year-old female student.
Officers say Ernesto Aguinigia also admitted to sending inappropriate text messages to other students from Carpe Diem High school.
Police say the 30-year-old, who is an assistant to the school principal, made the advances between September 2015 and April 2016.
The Carpe Diem High School employee was arrested and booked into the Yuma County Detention Center Thursday.
Aguinigia is a former Marine who was discharged from the Marine Corps on July 23, 2015, according to Captain Jose Negrete at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.
School officials say Aguinigia was terminated from his duties at the school.
YPD encourages anyone with information on this case to contact Detective Slade at (928) 373-4700 or 78-Crime to remain anonymous.