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3 more arrests: Teachers, coaches suspected of sex and lewd acts with students

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A female Los Angeles Unified School District teacher was arrested Wednesday for alleged sex with students. 42-year-old Montebello resident Gabriela Cortez was arrested on suspicion of two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor after two male students said they had sex with her, KTTV-TV first reported.

According to Montebello police, an 18-year-old male told authorities last week that he and Cortez had a sexual relationship when he was a student in her Spanish class at Roosevelt High School. Another boy said he had sex with Cortez at her home in Montebello. Cortez has been suspended.

A LAUSD athletic assistant at John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley was also arrested Wednesday. 

27-year-old Jose Rosario Alvarez is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl who is a student of a different school in the district, say Los Angeles police. The relationship was reportedly discovered by the department's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit.

Additionally, detectives from Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau are continuing an investigation involving the alleged sexual molestation of two 14-year old soccer players by their coach, 48-year-old Javier Arrioja.

The suspect, who was arraigned yesterday, coaches a private soccer club called “Missioneros." Arrioja allegedly touched the victims in an inappropriate manner, according to authorities. Lewd acts are alleged to have occurred in early November 2011 in the suspect's car and East L.A. home.

Arrioja has coached Los Angeles-area boys and girls soccer teams for over 15 years and Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau detectives believe there may be additional victims.

Four felony counts of Lewd Acts with a Minor and one felony count of Providing Harmful Matter to a Minor were filed by the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office gainst Arrioja on Wednesday. He is being held on $300,000.00 bail, according to a LASD advisory.