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KCSO recovers disturbing Snapchat evidence in North High equipment manager investigation

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The Kern County Sheriff's Office has obtained disturbing new details in the investigation against North High School athletic equipment manager, Edwin Rodriguez.

Students claim he used Snapchat to send them sexually explicit messages, and those conversations are now being used as evidence.

There are over 1,200 pages of text messages, evening phone call records, and Snapchat exchanges between Rodriguez, 40, and students at North High School, as well as testimony from both male and female students who were interviewed by KCSO.

Messages like, "U walked by me today during pe today and I could stop looking," he sent one student with a drooling face emoji at the end.

According to documents, Rodrituez sent a video of himself masturbating in the shower to two students who were between the ages of 14 and 15, and sent pictures of his genitals as well.

And when a student tried to save a conversation over Snapchat by taking a screenshot, Rodriguez protested, writing, "Why you screenshot. What's up. Can you delete our conversation. Just scares me someone might see it."

"He would do it on Snapchat knowing it would disappear," Chantal Trujillo, an attorney at Rodriguez & Associates representing three current and former cheerleaders who are suing Rodriguez, said.

According to a student interviewed by KCSO, Rodriguez targeted members of the cheerleading team.

He would use his position and watch, go to the cheerleader's practices and stand there and watch the whole cheerleading practice," Trujillo said. "And a lot of the cheerleaders, um had reported that they felt uncomfortable with him being there, um, and they felt like he was being creepy."

Rodriguez's wife, also on paid administrative leave, was the cheerleading coach.

Last summer Rodriguez went on a camping trip wit a group of students, including members of the cheerleading team. The documents allege he touched one of them while she slept, then photographed her when she was unaware.

And at school, a male student said Rodriguez touched his genitals on one occasion and told he was "gay on the weekends."

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Rodriguez was arrested in February, and is under investigation by the District Attorney's office.

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