Hugo Cortes Guzman, Santa Clara, California (arrested Sept 2013)

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    Hugo Cortes Guzman, 32 (born Feb 6 1981), teacher at Santa Clara High School, Santa Clara Unified School District, Santa Clara, California, "accused of having unlawful sex with a minor"

    ABC Local KGO: Santa Clara teacher accused of sex with minor (Sept 25 2013)

    Santa Clara High School Principal Gregory Shelby said they received a tip at the district level on Monday and immediately contacted police. Cortes wasn't allowed to teach on Tuesday and was arrested later that afternoon ... Cortes is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow.

    Hugo Cortes Guzman, Santa Clara, California, Santa Clara High School, Santa Clara Unified School District
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    NBC Bay Area: Santa Clara High Teacher Arrested on Suspicion of Sex With 17-Year-Old Girl (Sept 25 2013)

    Santa Clara Police Lt. Kurt Clarke said Hugo Cortes Guzman, 32, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and booked into Santa Clara County Jail on multiple counts of unlawful sex with the girl. He is expected to be arraigned on Thursday afternoon. I believe it was four time," Clarke said when asked how many of the alleged sex acts occurred.

    NBC News: Police: Math Teacher Had Sex With Underage Student (Sept 25 2013)
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    Santa Clara Police Department press release via the Santa Clara Weekly:

    Hugo Cortes Guzman, DOB 2/6/81

    CASE NUMBER: 13-9532
    DATE/TIME: September 25, 2013
    INCIDENT: Unlawful Sex with a Minor
    SUSPECT: Hugo Cortes Guzman, DOB 2/6/81

    On 9/23/13, our investigators learned that Guzman, a teacher at Santa Clara High School, may have been associated with inappropriate behavior. Investigators worked tirelessly and learned that Guzman had a relationship with a 17-year-old female student that attended Santa Clara High School. School officials have been supportive throughout the investigation.

    Guzman was cooperative with investigators and was interviewed at the Santa Clara Police Department on 9/24/13. Upon conclusion of Guzman's interview, he was arrested for multiple counts of unlawful sex with a minor.

    Guzman was booked at the county jail where he remains in custody. He will be arraigned in the Santa Clara County Superior Court in the afternoon of 9/26/13.

    This is an on-going investigation. Anyone with information, please contact Detective Sergeant Steve Hoesing (408) 615-4814.
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    KTVU: Santa Clara High teacher arrested on sex charges (Sept 25 2013)

    Santa Clara High principal Gregory Shelby said a tip came in Monday that Hugo Guzman, 32, had been involved with a minor. Investigators met with Guzman on Tuesday, interviewed him and then arrested him. “On Monday a tip was called into the district office and we immediately contacted the police,” Shelby told KTVU. “Within 24 hours we had enough information to make an arrest.”


    However, another student, who asked not to be identified, said he wasn't surprised by the charges. "He seemed like a weird guy the first I met him," the student told KTVU. "The girls were always on him and he was just weird with the girls...They're always at his desk, they're always laying on his desk and he would always allow it."
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    KTVU: Shocking details surface in Santa Clara teacher sex case (Sept 26 2013)

    ... police found a mattress, condoms and girl's underwear inside his classroom. Hugo Cortes Guzman, 32, dressed in peach-colored jail clothing, stood with his head bowed outside the doorway of the courtroom at his arraignment at the Hall of Justice this afternoon, where a judge ordered him held on bail of $250,000 ... Santa Clara County Supervising Deputy District Attorney Stacey Capps said that the 17-year-old female victim had been a student in one of Guzman's classes ... He was also a track and field coach at the school, according to Santa Clara police.


    According to Santa Clara police reports, the scenario that led to his arrest began last Thursday, when a janitor who was cleaning at Santa Clara High School between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. noticed lights on inside classroom P8 and that a male and female were inside. The male, later identified as Guzman, was sitting on the far side of the desk and the female, dressed in shorts and a hooded sweatshirt, was seated near the desk and giggled while watching the movie, "This is the End," police said. The janitor went about cleaning the room for about five minutes, then reported the incident to the head janitor, who responded "Oh P8, we've seen that before," which the janitor felt meant "this happened all the time," according to police.

    Later that night, the janitor returned to the room to vacuum after the couple had left and found a green foam mattress, which he described as "nasty," with blankets and pillows underneath the teacher's desk, police said. The janitor also looked inside a wooden cabinet and saw hair straighteners and girl's panties and bras, which he found "very disturbing," and decided to report it to the school principal after the weekend, police said. On Monday afternoon, he reported the incident to a secretary at another school and she suggested he report it to his union representative, who contacted the human resources director of the Santa Clara County Unified School District, who then informed Santa Clara police, police said.

    Santa Clara police met with Santa Clara High School's principal, Greg Shelby, on Monday evening and he let officers into Guzman's classroom after the teacher had left, police said. In the classroom, officers found the mattress under the desk and inside a wall locker found clothes, personal accessories, girl's panties and bras, two condoms, sexual lubricant, a condom blown up like a balloon and a copy of the book "50 Shades of Grey."

    Officers confiscated Guzman's cellphone, two laptop computers, two desktop computers and a computer hard drive, police said. Forensic detectives later located several text messages between Guzman and the victim, one where Guzman asked if he could pick the victim up at their "spot" and the victim texting back "I'm not sleeping w you tonight," according to police.

    Police also searched Guzman's 2007 Jeep Compass and found numerous items of women's clothing and toiletries, bedding and paper towels. Guzman later told police that he had been living out of the Jeep and had no fixed address, police reported. Officers soon met with the victim and with Guzman, who both eventually confessed to having an ongoing sexual relationship, police said.
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    Mercury News: Santa Clara High teacher arrested on suspicion of sex with a minor (Sept 25 2013)

    Police on Monday received information that Cortes Guzman may have been associated with inappropriate behavior, according to a police news release. Investigators determined Cortes Guzman had been in a sexual relationship with a female student, police said. Police say school officials were "supportive" throughout the investigation.
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    Mercury News: Police reports: Santa Clara High teacher admitted having sex with student (Sept 27 2013)

    Police began investigating Cortes after a school janitor reported seeing the teacher and a girl alone in a classroom on Sept. 20 at about 7 p.m., a Friday night. The janitor told police the girl and Cortes were sitting on opposite ends of his desk watching the R-rated movie "This is the End, " police reports say. The janitor cleaned inside the room for about five minutes and went to report what he saw to the head custodian. The janitor said he was told by the head custodian "we've seen that before." The janitor told police the response made him think it was a regular occurrence, according to police reports.

    As he was cleaning other rooms at the high school, he saw Cortes and the girl sitting inside a black Jeep. He said the teacher was talking to her, and she was giggling. The man returned to Cortes's classroom to vacuum and noticed a "nasty" mattress under a desk with blankets and pillows, police reports say. He looked inside a cabinet and found girls' clothing, including bras and underwear.


    During the investigation, police interviewed Cortes, who told them he and the girl had sex on four occasions inside his Jeep, according to police reports. Cortes told police he was homeless and spent about most of his time living out of his vehicle.

    Another female student told police she had heard rumors about Cortes having sex with students but did not believe it, police reports say. The student told police that the bed in Cortes' classroom was available for students to take naps during the day.

    Inside the Jeep, police found a Christmas card written from the girl to Cortes ...
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    NBC Bay Area: Janitor Tipped Cops After Finding Underwear, Bed, "50 Shades of Grey" in Santa Clara Classroom: Police said the suspect has written his victim since he has been arrested (Sept 27 2013)

    An observant janitor at a Northern California high school is being credited for tipping off police to an alleged inappropriate relationship between a teacher and a student. According to court documents, the Santa Clara High School janitor noticed Hugo Cortes Guzman, 32, watching an "inappropriate” video with a student. Later, the janitor went into the classroom and found a bra, panties, condoms, a copy of the book "50 Shades of Grey," and a mattress in the classroom and contacted police.


    Investigators also said they found two letters from Guzman to the student. One of them appears to be written this week from jail. In it, he tells her that his arrest is not her fault and that she should not let the situation get to her. "I am truly sorry for everything that has happen[ed],"Guzman said in the letter. He also wrote, "I love you more than I lead on. But it was because I knew it was wrong and that this would happen, so it will never be your fault."

    NBC DFW: Janitor Tipped Cops After Finding Underwear, Bed, "50 Shades of Grey" in Santa Clara Classroom: Police said the suspect has written his victim since he has been arrested (Sept 27 2013)

    NBC News: Janitor Tips Cops After Finding Underwear, Bed in Classroom (Sept 27 2013)