Man who allegedly sent sexually explicit messages to students pleads not guilty

    Edwin Rodriguez, 40, was arraigned Thursday on two dozen counts of alleged sexual misconduct with students. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

    A former North High School staffer was arraigned in Kern County Superior Court on Thursday.

    Edwin Rodriguez, 40, was arrested Tuesday on two dozen charges for alleged sexual misconduct with students.

    Rodriguez pleaded not guilty to all the charges, 11 of which are felony counts.

    He had been working as a sports equipment manager at the high school, but has been placed on leave, according to the Kern High School District.

    The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said it began investigating Rodriguez after one student filed a report in September. Investigators found that Rodriguez was sending sexually explicit messages to eight students via Snapchat. He was also accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with several students.

    KCSO said it appears that the alleged behavior goes back to 2015.

    Bail was set at $175,000.

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