OTHER WORLD Teacher, student charged in hazing probe

Fontana police say three boys attacked in separate incidents in De La Rosa’s summer school class

June 27, 2012

Fontana, California: A masonry teacher and one of his students were charged Tuesday with sex crimes that authorities said were part of brutal hazing intended to maintain order in a California summer school classroom.

The San Bernardino County district attorney's office charged teacher Emmanuel De La Rosa with false imprisonment and attempted sexual penetration by a foreign object in the case of two victims, at least one of whom was a minor. De La Rosa, 27, also was charged with child abuse and failure to report child abuse.

De La Rosa's student at A.B. Miller High School in Fontana, 18-year-old Fernando Salgado, was charged with attempted sexual penetration by a foreign object and false imprisonment.

Salgado was being held on $100,000 bail and was set to be arraigned Wednesday. De La Rosa has been released since his arrest last weekend and was scheduled for arraignment Aug. 27.

Fontana police said three boys were attacked in separate incidents in De La Rosa's summer school class. A total of five people — including three students who are minors — were arrested in the investigation.

"They would assault the other kids to basically maintain order in the classroom on their own," said Fontana police Sgt. Robert Morris. "The teacher at some point became aware of the situation, and knew about what was occurring and in one incident may have actually directed them to do it."

One of the victims suffered minor injuries. Morris declined to detail the nature of the assaults, citing the ongoing investigation.

De La Rosa, who was released on Sunday, has been placed on administrative leave at the school about 50 miles east of Los Angeles. He could not be reached for comment.

Salgado's sister, Krista Hernandez, said police came to her house over the weekend looking for her brother. She found him with friends and they went to the police station together to see if they could answer officers' questions when he was arrested.

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