Local school employee arrested on sexual charges

YUMA, Ariz. – Police arrested a local school employee after officers say he admitted to sexually abusing a 17-year-old female student.

Officers say Ernesto Aguinigia also admitted to sending inappropriate text messages to other students from Carpe Diem High school.

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Police say the 30-year-old, who is an assistant to the school principal, made the advances between September 2015 and April 2016.

The Carpe Diem High School employee was arrested and booked into the Yuma County Detention Center Thursday.

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Aguinigia is a former Marine who was discharged from the Marine Corps on July 23, 2015, according to Captain Jose Negrete at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

School officials say Aguinigia was terminated from his duties at the school.

YPD encourages anyone with information on this case to contact Detective Slade at (928) 373-4700 or 78-Crime to remain anonymous.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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