Police: Teacher's aide suspected of sexually assaulting teen

Sierra Middle School in Bakersfield, Calif., is seen Monday, May 15, 2017. A teacher’s aide at the school was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenager, police said. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Carol Ferguson)

A teacher's aide with the Bakersfield City School District is suspected of sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

Officers got the report Saturday morning. Following the investigation, 25-year-old Edward Gonzalez was arrested.

Sgt. Ryan Kroeker said Gonzalez and the alleged victim, who is 15 years old, both attended a party Friday night at a vacant house in east Bakersfield. From there, Kroeker said the two went to Gonzalez's house, where the alleged assault took place.

"Ultimately, at some point in time, the victim was able to escape and run to his residence in the nearby area, where he notified law enforcement of what had occurred," Kroeker said.

Kroeker said Gonzalez lives on Tyree Toliver Street, near Brundage Lane. The sergeant also said Gonzalez works at Sierra Middle School.

"At some point in time in the past, the victim had also attended that school," Kroeker said. "From what I was told, they potentially kept in touch over the years."

He said the boy is not a student at Sierra Middle School now.

A BCSD spokeswoman wouldn't say if Gonzalez remains on active duty or if he's been placed on leave. Irma Cervantes Lancaster did say, via email, "I can tell you he is not at any BSCD sites and the district will be taking appropriate action."

She also said Gonzalez has been with the district since 2013.

Gonzalez now faces seven felony charges, including sexual assault, lewd acts with a child under 14 and false imprisonment. He's expected to be in court on Tuesday afternoon.

Anyone who can provide information helpful to the investigation is asked to call Detective Christina Abshire at (661) 326-3559.

"... if there are additional victims, we encourage them to contact us," Kroeker said. "And, let us investigate it."

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