Lizbeth Gomez-Coronel, the female security guard at San Luis High School suspected of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old male student appeared briefly in South County Justice Court Tuesday morning to be arraigned on three related charges.
Appearing in person and out of custody with a public defender by her side, Gomez-Coronel was informed by Justice of the Peace Juan Guerrero that the Yuma County Attorneys Office had reviewed the evidence in the case and filed a criminal complaint against her.
Guerrero was only able to tell Gomez-Coronel that she had been charged with one court of sexual exploitation of a minor before her attorney waived the formal reading of the remainder of the complaint. Court records, however, indicate the other two charges were sexual conduct with a minor, all of which are felonies.
In addition to ordering that her conditions of release remain unchanged, Judge Guerrero also scheduled Gomez-Coronel’s next court appearance for 2 p.m. on Sept. 12 for a preliminary hearing.
According to San Luis police, Gomez-Coronel was arrested at her residence on Thursday afternoon.
While police did not go into specific details due to the investigation, they did say the alleged sexual conduct was reported on the same day to the school, which then contacted San Luis police.
In an official statement released to its Facebook page, the Yuma Union High School District posted that pursuant to Arizona law, and in consultation with legal counsel, the District has taken immediate action to terminate employment for Gomez-Coronel.
The Yuma Union High School District also confirmed that this was her second year working at San Luis High School.
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