Crime & Justice

School security guard arrested for sex crimes

Police say a Southern California desert middle school security guard has been arrested for sex crimes involving girls at the school.

Sgt. Dan Bressler says 45-year-old Marvin Cash was arrested Tuesday at his Desert Hot Springs home, some 110 miles east of Los Angeles near Palm Springs.

Cash, who worked at Desert Springs Middle School, was booked for investigation of lewd act on a child under the age of 14 using force, sexual battery and two counts of annoying or molesting a minor.

Police say at least one of the suspected crimes occurred during school hours.

Palm Springs Unified School District spokeswoman Joan Boiko says Cash has been on paid administrative leave since March 24. She says Cash was screened before he was hired.