Atwater Police arrested Ernest Contreras Cota, 59, a staff member at Buhach Colony High School, on Friday for allegations of sexual misconduct with a child.
Cota, a school liaison to the Spanish-speaking community, was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Friday after a girl's parents told police that their daughter had been propositioned by a staff member earlier in the week.
Investigators found evidence supporting the minor's allegation, and took Cota into custody at the school about an hour after school let out, the Atwater Police Department said.
Cota was booked into Merced County Jail on two misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting a child under 18. Cota, a Winton resident, has been at Buhach Colony High School since 2002, police said.
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The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information may call Det. Armando Echevarria at (209) 357-6395.