[UPDATED: Victim's Mother Speaks] Ricardo Aldana, JSerra High School Teacher and Volleyball Coach, Arrested on Charges of Molesting Student

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UPDATE: The Weekly has just spoken to the victim's mother, who claims she warned school officials as early as the fall that something was amiss between her daughter and Aldana.

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he mother (whom the Weekly isn't identifying) says that in early September, she contacted JSerra president/CEO Frank Talarico about suspicions she had regarding Aldana's undue interest in her daughter. After weeks of playing phone tag, the mother finally talked to Talarico.

"You either have a teacher who's crossing boundaries," the mother says she told JSerra's principal, "or you have a predator."

"I strongly suspected something," the mother told the Weekly. "[Aldana] was calling my daughter constantly, and she was going around saying she has an older boyfriend."

Talarico told the mother the school would investigate, saying he was a "good teacher." Aldana, predictably, denied everything, and the school noted he had no prior charges ever brought against him, despite rumors circulating at his previous employer. Talarico then asked if school officials could tape an interview with the girl on their own, away from her mother, which the family refused.

About a month later, JSerra officials sent the mother a letter stating the case was closed. When sheriff's deputies arrested Aldana this week, she felt "beyond disgusted" that her suspicions were proven correct--and that school officials didn't pry deep enough into Aldana's past.

"My child is very brave and honorable to speak out against something that's wrong," the mother stated. "What's happened is wrong, and I don't want it to happen to another child."

According to her, JSerra officials have yet to contact the family since Aldana's arrest. Her daughter will not be returning to the school.

"I trusted that place," she concluded, her voice distant.

UPDATE, DEC. 15, 2:40 p.m.: A JSerra spokesperson sent me this statement:

We are outraged and sickened by these disturbing allegations, and are cooperating fully with the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

We strongly encourage anybody in the JSerra community with information that might aid the investigation to contact the Sheriff's Department immediately.

After learning about the facts surrounding the arrest this morning, we immediately terminated Mr. Aldana.               
                       
JSerra does not tolerate inappropriate conduct between faculty/staff and minors, and we will continue to forcefully enforce our policy.

Here's Aldana booking photo. Not so happy now!

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ORIGINAL POST, DEC. 15, 12:09 P.M. We just got word that a teacher at JSerra High School, a private Catholic school in San Juan Capistrano, was arrested this week, accused of molesting a 14-year-old student.

Ricardo Aldana
, a Spanish teacher and coach of the girl's JV volleyball team (picture at right) who has taught at JSerra since 2005, according to the school's website, was arrested last night, according to sources who spoke with the Weekly under condition of anonymity. He's also affiliated with Tstreet Volleyball, a San Clemente-based private girls club.

"Ricardo has been a coach at Tstreet since 2008," says the Tstreet website. "Every season Coach Aldana takes a young, inexperienced group of girls and molds them into a hard fighting team that is committed to the 'Tstreet System.'...Over the years, many Tstreet girls have been fortunate to have Ric in their corner as a coach and mentor."

Now those words just read CREEPY. More details to come as they become available...in the meanwhile, heckuva job, Brownie!



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Debart74009
Debart74009

Well I am not suprised! This stuff happens all the time.  I am battleing this with my ex-husband who is a complete pervert.  I am trying to protect my daughters during visits with their father and the courts and the system is just corrupt even dowm to the police departments.  Funny that my ex is a JV high school basket ball coach and only coaches grils????Something needs to be done or the truth will soon prevail. 

ANONYMOUS
ANONYMOUS

Oh my gosh... I did what was called a "shadow day" there... I'm in eighth grade. He was in my shadow person's first period. I sat in the same room as that man! I talked to him and conversed with him. We really connected because I spoke more Spanish than the freshmen but I didn't see anything weird about him... Wow...

TJ in NJ
TJ in NJ

Most noticeably absent from the JSerra statement is any apology or effort to reach out to the victim and her family.  The silence is a statement in its own right.  The school may be independent of the diocesan system, but it clearly is not outside the diocesan culture--which includes "CYA and damn the family."  What a disappointment. 

DONTRUSH2JUDGE
DONTRUSH2JUDGE

I have heard that the charges have now been dropped, or that the mother who had accused Mr. Aldana has withdrawn her complaint.

OCResident
OCResident

According to the JSerra website jserra.org, "JSerra is a private Roman Catholic high school, sanctioned by the Diocese of Orange, and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Western Catholic Education Association, located in historic San Juan Capistrano."

C Lluvia
C Lluvia

i sucked his dick and im only fifteen

Lin Lin Rican Johnson
Lin Lin Rican Johnson

He worked at my elementary and he was my teacher in high school and I never seen him be nothing but friendly and open with all his students...and the high school i went to there was a nice amount of teachers that didn't care but he did...I know nothing bout this case but what I do know is there were rumors at my high school but they were just that..rumors...girls called them self having a crush on him and would get mad when he didn't give them play and started dumb ass lies...that's what I seen first hand and I can only go by what I know and seen....if something did go on at my high school only the girl, him and the Lord would know cuz there was so many lies and rumors going around so you never know but like I said before I can only can go by what i know and seen and i do feel bad for the girl in this case if it is true cuz this is something that will change her opinion on teachers and trust ..but if it's not i feel bad for him cuz this will stick with him for the rest of his life and his life will never be the same....I hope the truth comes to light....and everyone finds an end to all this..........it's just hard to believe

DONTRUSH2JUDGE
DONTRUSH2JUDGE

The problem with the suggestion by Joelle Casteix that Aldana supporters just keep their thoughts to themselves is this. Until we 1) see charges filed, and 2) complete a jury trial which convicts him, Mr.Aldana is preseumed to be innocent. There is overwhelming support for him because of who he is, and who he has been to his students, athletes, parents,and peers over many years. In addition to the presumption of innocence for Mr. Aldana, naturally there is a burden of proof for the one making the allegation. But until that process takes place, perhaps people should refrain from referring to this girl as a victim of child sexual abuse. After all, does her allegation bear even an ounce more weight that his denial? And if Child Abuse destroys communities (I would concur and even go further to say that child sexual abuse and predatory activity by adults upon childern is perhaps the most evil things that can happen on the face of this earth), I would also hasten to say that a false charge of this nature does exactly the same thing. And while you appeal for Aldana supporters to remain silent, the attorney representing the girl has begun to incorporate the word 'rape' to describe the child sexual abuse allegation against Mr. Aldana, of course omitting the 'statutory' qualifier so that RAPE made it into the headlines. Was this not simply to further "alienate, stigamatize, and shame" Mr. Aldana?

I regret to say that until and unless facts come to light in the proceedings which confirm Aldana's guilt, you are going just have to put up with people who express not only their support for Aldana, but for the presumption of innocence as a right every American has until proven guilty in a court of law. In the Aldana case may well turn out to be a great example of why this is so important.  

Joelle Casteix
Joelle Casteix

Child sexual abuse destroys entire communities. I beg Aldana's supporters to support him privately and remain open minded. Public support, rallies and Facebook groups not only alienate, stigmatize and shame the young girl who came forward to the police, but all victims of child sexual abuse who want to come forward and report. And I can't help but wonder ... why hasn't JSerra apologized for the foul-mouthed and hateful posts by its students? We are so quick to condemn a nation-state that stoned or imprisons rape victims. Yet, no one thinks twice about slamming a 14-year-old alleged victim.Joelle Casteix SNAP Western Regional Director. jcasteix (at) gmail.com.

DONTRUSH2JUDGE
DONTRUSH2JUDGE

I know Rick Aldana. My daughter was coached by him. Another child of mine had him as a Spanish teacher. My wife and I have both had a number of conversations with him over the years while he has been at JSerra.  A couple of points I wish to make in the interest of fairness:

1. The support for Sr. Aldana being expressed by students and faculty at JSerra is based on knowing him. I personally know of no one who has observed any type of inappropriate behavior. Ever. That includes even an untoward 'glance' at a volleyball player that could be construed the wrong way, like a gawk. The Rick Aldana I know is not someone who would have sex with a 14-year old freshman student. Inconsistent with the person I know.  Does not ring true.

2. Even so, the allegations may turn out to be true. Or they may be completely false.  Fabricated. We may not like to acknowledge it, but it happens all the time. Tawanna Brawley case, Duke Lacrosse case, and many of the Catholic Priests who were falsely accused, etc.  At this point, we simply do not know. So, for the sake of the the alleged victim, for the sake of Aldana supporters, and for Rick Aldana as an individual, we need to find out the real truth of the matter. Until we do, I suggest we refrain from judgement, no matter how much this challenges us. Give Mr. Aldana the beneft of the doubt. Let's give him the presumption of innocence until otherwise proven. (This especially includes young writers covering this story, who use derrgoatory terms like 'pervert' in headlines. Mr. Arellano, if you have some actual evidence beyond unproven allegations, perhaps you could put some energy into actual reporting rather than sensationalizing. Or don't you have it in you?) 

3. According to the OC Register this Sunday morning, Aldana has still not been charged of any crime. Apparently, Mr. Aldana appeared in court on Friday to answer charges. No reports of what occurred. It is more than a bit curious to me why no charges have yet been filed if the DA believes the case is credible. Maybe it takes more time. But you have to wonder whether the DA is having any doubts about their sole witness and her allegations.

4. I am personally a bit skeptical that the mother would not allow her daughter to be interviewed on videotape without the mother being present. Assuming the tape could be viewed, or a copy provided, I don't understand that objection. Furthermore, you have to wonder if there was at least some concern on the part of the school about the crediblity of the charges if they felt it necessary to make such a request.

5. In the wake of Penn State, Syracuse and other recent scandals, I am sure JSerra acted to terminate immediately in part out of a need to demonstrate a policy of zero tolerance. Yet, unless they were presented credible evidence beyond the allegation itself, perhaps it would have been more appropriate to place Mr. Aldana on administrative leave at least until a decision by the Sheriff has been made whether or not to file criminal charges. In this way, fairness would have actually been preserved for both parties. Now, Mr Aldana, though he may yet be innocent, will NEVER have his life back, while the accuser and her mother are able to remain forever anonymous.    

Let the system work to uncover the truth and provide blind justice. As it does so, let's try to remember that if we were in Aldana's position and we were being wrongly accused, we would dearly appreciate the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. And if guilty, it will be revealed in due course as well.

guest
guest

A prior post had a good question with the timeline. How is it that school started Aug 31 and by early Sept there was this undue interest going on?

100% speculation on my part but I don't think anything could happen in a 2 week period. That would mean he must have known the girl/family prior to school starting or knew her/them from an ouside activity.

Gustavo - you said we aint heard nothing yet...what more can you offer?

It just doesn't make sense that this all transpired within 2 weeks of first meeting.

daveyvera@sbcglobal.net
daveyvera@sbcglobal.net

Funny that the Catholics will let Preists Molest kids for years and hide it, knowing full well what was going on! Then a Teacher at a Private Catholic school gets fired for being accused of having Sex with a student is cast aside before he has been charged with the crime? Funny how the Catholics are that way. They better be right on this or he can Sue them for this. Oh well I guess they are used to being Sued. They claim they were broke and couldn't pay the victims all the Preists molested the boys but have come up with $56 Million to but the Chrystal Cathedral though. A Church on Grand & 2nd streets in SA burns down.. They got no $$ help from them.. Hey I'm just saying.. Where the ahecknare there priorities?

The Monk Ambrosio
The Monk Ambrosio

The comments posted by JSerra students are rather pathetic.  Your parents should read them and demand a refund for your "education".  First of all, most of you do not know how to spell or write with proper grammar.  Second, so much for a good Catholic education.  Your lack of decorum, use of profanity, and lack of charity is disgusting.  I have never seen so many "you don't know sh*t, shut the f** up!"  This post has more "bitches" than the OC humane society.   Sadly, you are the future of the Church and of society.  Oh my!  

In good charity, all you kids should apologize to your parents for robbing them blind of the money they pay for tuition because it's not making you a more productive member of society.  Second, policy is that an arrest is made it's because there is evidence.  Let's face the facts, if this is the second allegation and has now been arrested there might be something.  Let's wait to see what the justice system will reveal.   For the inane person who accused Gustavo for being racing for calling him a "brownie"... get it right before you jump the gun.  "Brownie" is not a racist idiom, rather a reference to the Bishop of Orange.  Finally, Gustavo, thanks for exposing these things.  For the rest of you with your panties in a bunch, kick back, relax, and watch.  Truth will prevail and justice will be served either in favor of the accused or the victim.  

indefenseof aldana
indefenseof aldana

This young person was gone from JSerra PRIOR to these allegations surfacing. The Mother refused to cooperate with JSerra's investiagttion, Don't count your money yet lady. This thing is going to blow up in everyone's face BUT the school and Mr. Aldana.

aldana_lover
aldana_lover

shut up!!! hes guilty 110% guilty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joshuag85
Joshuag85

Look even deeper if I remember right the same thing happened in hawthorne ca wit this teacher..smh..

anonymous
anonymous

i am a former student of aldana who was in his spanish class last year. i have to say i completely understand the kid's and former students reactions by defending aldana because he was known as the "cool" or "popular" teacher among the students. when i first heard this, i have to be honest i agreed with them and thought theres no way because of his personality but then i realized something just because he is a funny young guy does not mean he isn't a flirt..  you have to remember that the kids are defending him based on the personality he had in the classroom which appears to be a very laid back, funny, "cool teacher" no doubt he had that type of funny & nice attitude and reputation, but does NOT mean he would not do this to a young girl. they are kids! of course they feel the need to defend him, they felt they could relate to him since he is known as the young cool teacher at the school.. HOWEVER, he was a flirt regardless if he molested this girl or not! i always liked aldana as a teacher and felt the same as the other students (could talk to him about things, confided in him. ect.) but i did find some of his comments flirtatious and innapropriate for a teacher who overly talked about "respecting the ladies" to the guys in my class;  almost to a point where it makes you question it. i have to be completely honest here, because at first i did not want to believe any of the accusations made against him & even defended him but I do not doubt any of the allegations involving him & the former student.  if i were to tell you one teacher at jserra to do something like this; i hate to say it but it would be aldana. that is the honest truth. i am not saying he is a sex offender or predator because i have no right to say that; all i am saying is that it would not suprise me one bit and regardless of anything he is a flirtatious man, even in the classroom with controversial comments and behaviors. 

guest
guest

I wish people would stop terrorizing the girl so much and realize that if she's telling the truth (which by recent facts sounds like she might be), that she is in a world of pain.

And stop getting mad about what the reporter writes. It's journalism, that's what the job is. Get over it, you wouldn't care if it was someone else.

12345
12345

RETURN TO THE SCHOOL? ARE YOU KIDDING ? SHE HASN'T BEEN THERE IN OVER A YEAR

jserramom
jserramom

I believe that alleged victim's mother contacted Frank and he did not do anything. Talarico is such an incompetent and insensitive fool. He asked to interview the girl away from her mother. I would not let him interview my child for one second. He is not an expert in child abuse. I don't know whether Mr. Aldano is guilty or not, however, I would never let Talarico near my child. I can't imagine a man less qualified to judge the credibility of an alleged sexual abuse victim than him.  I hope the mother gets to the bottom of what happen to her daughter with the help of true professionals, and not from fake weirdos like him and Desmond.  In fact, Talarico's credibility should be questioned on a lot of things at JSerra, including but not limited to the academic quality of  the school. I can't wait for other parents to wake up and demand a quality education for their children that is worth the $15,000 per year.  I pray that Mr. Aldano is innocent..both for himself and  the 9th grade student. I pray it was a misunderstanding.  However, it doesn't surprise me that Talarico doesn't show any loyalty to his teachers. The Board should fire him immediately for his mishandling of this matter.

Katherine
Katherine

As a former student of Aldanas and a member of the Jserra community I am just as upset to hear these allogations as everyone else. But you all need to understand the facts of the situation! Our justice system exists under the claim of innocent until proven guilty, but that applies to the accused as much as it does the victim. While I find the allegations as hard to believe as my fellow lions do, the fact of the matter is I don't know, I don't know what happened behind closed doors and neither to any of you. True or false justice will be served and the truth will come out, but until then EVERYONE, from this poor excuse for a reporter to the students I love dearly, needs to keep their opinions to themselves. If you want to help Aldana, pray for him, guilty or innocent he needs our prayers and support, that's what the true JSerra family is about, support for each other in good times and in difficult times. But you forget that the girl is apart of your community to, our JSerra family. As hard as it is to believe, imagine if it is true, then how would you feel, having tortured and villianized a girl who has already been through so much?

You have no right to judge anyone, guilty or innocent, without the facts! I hope that the allegations aren't true, but if they are I hope Aldana finds the help and healing he needs, with the support of his family! What is most important is that the JSerra community stay strong and positive through this ordeal, this is not the time to spread you're political or social views, this is a time of tragedy, and from where I am standing everyone I see is a victim and deserves our prayers no matter what side they stand on.

Guest
Guest

Remove the "Not so happy now!" Statement. The editor should attempt to have a non-biased view, however this being a bubble of county, i would expect those comments to be added in here and there. Try to have some self integrity.

guest
guest

School started August 31st and Mom says she notified Talarico in EARLY Sept. Wow....in less than 2 weeks Aldana has already established "an undue interest" with this girl he's never met...kinda hard for me to believe... 

If that was my daughter I would let the school/police tape whatever conversation they wanted.If Mom is so concerned, why not get the real proof that would convict him...something doesn't smell right to me...

Dominic Disano
Dominic Disano

"Here's Aldana booking photo. Not so happy now!" really? "Not so happy now?" how unprofessional can you be? You should be embarrassed about what you said. You have no idea how many lives this great man has helped. How many young athletes this man has helped produce and how great of a teacher he has been at my school. You should be ashamed of yourself for the way you write.  No wonder you only work for the register blog. 

Jserralions
Jserralions

Screw this!!! i went to jserra and thank god im out!!! SO MANY crazy parents make up bullshit lies and rumors. sex scandals have been happening since my freshmen year there and they have always been proven false... (people want attention or to punish someone)  on top of that everyone who went or is still going KNOWS what its like to be caught in the most outrageous rumors there... 

if you have never met him... why the hell do you have a say. go blog about something else 

im saying im standing by a man who has been an amazing mentor and teacher to us for years! who has helped us get through so much... who has brought kindness to any situation 

DONTRUSH2JUDGE
DONTRUSH2JUDGE

Why don't you officially tell your story to the investigators instead of looking like a moron here...

Lin Lin Rican Johnson
Lin Lin Rican Johnson

I agree.....people say be open minded to the fact that he might have done it but what about them being open to the fact that he might have not...I've seen first hand this kind of accusation destroy families and ruin a person....so I ask for everybody to put themselves in both their shoes and be understanding of the situation.....   

John C
John C

100% agree with DONTRUSHTOJUDGE. Thanks for writing this in a professional manner. Joelle Caxteix is clearly one sided in her writing/thinking. I applaud her for wanting to uncover any abuse, especially that of a child, but calling the girl a "sex crime victim" and saying the teacher was charged with "rape" before any charges have been filed is leaning way too much to one side for me.      

Disgusted
Disgusted

To Dontrush2judge:

I disagree with you.... there are ways to support the victim and her family, without publicly praising Aldana as if he is God himself.  Facebook is very PUBLIC... obviously, JSerra students were not properly instructed by school officials that neutrality is the most Christian way to deal with these types of allegations.

If JSerra officials had instructed students on how to support both Aldana and the victim and her family, BEFORE the school issued a defamatory public statement to parents and the media about Aldana, maybe all parties involved would have more of a chance to deal with the issues ahead and JSerra students could have learned more of a life lesson on Christianity. This won't be the first or the last time a teacher is accused of sexual misconduct.

Why the OC Sheriff's Department arrested Aldana without the OC District Attorney filing charges smells like rotten eggs!  I have never seen a time when a Sheriff's department arrested an individual for lewd and lascivious conduct without criminal charges being filed by the DA.  If more charges were being investigated, the DA can always amend the charges to include more if the evidence leads that way. 

Someone in a position of power and authority needs to be held accountable for this public fiasco.  Shame on the OC Sheriff, the OC District Attorney and Michael Molfetta for acting like the biggest morons that ever walked this earth--so par for the rich and infamous Orange County, California.

Afterall, we cannot forget that the same attorneys that represent the OC Sheriff's Department in state and federal courts of law, Sullivan Ballog & Williams, also represent the Diocese of Orange, the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Catholic Charities and public schools.  Confidential investigations and prosecutions are AUTOMATICALLY tainted because no one in this County will stop CORRUPTION.JSerra as a Catholic school messed up big time.... destroying a teacher's reputation when the DA did not file charges is unheard of.  Read about the Bellflower coach that was arrested this week... charges have been filed and his bail was set at $750,000 and the school district is not making public statements.  This public school district acted more Christian and American that a prominent Catholic school. Again, no surprise for Orange County, California..... money, money, politics, money, money, prestige, money, money, the core values of each and every elected government official.  They all make me physically sick.

Blueskiesagain
Blueskiesagain

These student posters are nothing more than bullies, using hateful words and profanity to shout down those who don't defend Aldana. If he is guilty, they will probably find phone records, text messages, and no doubt porn on his computer. Then will his students believe it? Probably not, they will find a way to justify it. I knew a charismatic, well loved teacher who murdered his wife. His defenders would have said the same things, but then, you can't really stay in denial when there is a dead body. These guys are drawn to coaching, teaching, etc. for the very reason that they relate better to juveniles. They get adored. Their former wife probably thought they were immature and isolated. Just some thoughts. 

jserramom
jserramom

Point #1..With all due respect, just because you and your daughter did not have the same experience with Aldano is irrelevant. It is also irrelevant, that you have never witnessed Aldano "gawk"  or "glance"at a female volleyball player. Rape is crime of violence and power and not uncontrolled sexual attraction. Point #2...the presumption of innocence is a legal term..for the court room only. I agree that a person should be presumed innocent until he is proven guilty but given the nature of the rape allegation, he should never have been allowed to be around children, pending trial. It is sort of like a drunk driver or a wife beater, the driver and the batterer need to be restrained,  until the legal process is finished. Unfortunately, due to the nature of these crimes, the consequence are too dire to do otherwise. Point #3..The fact that DA has not filed charges yet is also irrelevant. The fact that other victims in other cases lied about their allegations is also irrelevant. I could counter with a list of cases where the DA as  ignored victims and they landed up dead..  However, if you going to be curious about something...look at Talarico's actions. If Aldano is eventually proven innocent,  it  was Talarico who has effectively destroyed his life  with his outrageous email to the parents and his unprofessional firing of the teacher. Administrative leave was the appropriate course of action. Point #4..Why are you skeptical about the fact that the daughter was not allowed to be interviewed by untrained professionals? Let's assume for a minute that the victim is telling the truth, would you want her to have to prove it to Talarico on camera? What does her mother have to do with it? Are you implying she is coaching her child? What evidence do you have of that? Point #5..If JSerra had a zero tolerance policy..they would have removed him from the classroom in September like they did at Hawthorne High. The only reason they fired him now is for legal reasons.  As stated above, I agree with you..he should have been put on administrative leave..I agree with you on everything else you said in Point #5..which is why I am furious with how JSerra handled this very sensitive matter.

Guest
Guest

Thanks. The response has been abhorrent. Just please know that not all JSerra students are like this, about half of us are actually reasonable and have some level of intelligence, and we're really, really sorry to be affiliated with the kind of people who are calling an anonymous victim a "cunt".

jserramom
jserramom

Why would she cooperate with a school who hired the alleged sex offender?

DONTRUSH2JUDGE
DONTRUSH2JUDGE

I am always a bit skeptical when someone says 110%....as if 100% isn't enough to warrant our confidence. 

Me01
Me01

Fuck you !

CT
CT

He's the best teacher i've ever had so plz be quiet!! You don't even know him!!!!

Joe
Joe

No one is making anyone stay at JSerra Parentssend their kids for the catholic aspect and small class environment. Teachers can manage students and be oroactive in terms if grades and other things to ensure success. BTW if your going to disparage Frank and the memory of his wife at least use your real name. Your a tpical coward who obviously has some axe to grind. Give ur phone number and ill call and meet you anywhere to debate and ensure you get "educated" in regard to JSerra.

DONTRUSH2JUDGE
DONTRUSH2JUDGE

Yes, we really can't make any assumptions about ths accuser until we know who she is. Some people of course know who she is...but so far, there is no information on who she is, and therfore there is no way to assess her credibility. That day, however, will be coming. When it does, we will be able to make our judgement...is she an honest person who comes across as credible, or is she known to be a liar, a girl who is promiscuous, sexually active, one who is willing to fabricate such an accusation, and if so for what purpose?  Is her story specific enough to name a date when the alleged crime occurred? Can it be independently be verified? The crime would have had to occur in the evening or on the weekend since Aldana was coaching every day after school till after 5PM. If it was an evening or a weekend, how did she get over to his place? Did her mother wonder where her 14-year-old daughter was on one particular evening or weekend? Can she describe the inside of Aldana's apartment? Text messages? Are there text messages?????????All these things will be the kinds of questions that should come out and make it possible for the Sheriff to assess her credibility.

davey
davey

How do you know they are really a Student at JSerra? Just asking..

jserramom
jserramom

With all due respect, I did not disparage Frank..he did it to himself Joe with his own actions. He is incompetent and because of it ..JSerra will be sued by either by the teacher for wrongful termination, or by the student because JSerra employed an alleged predator for a Spanish teacher. I am not a coward..I am just sticking up for the alleged child/victim in this case. Can you imagine  being raped by a teacher and then having nobody believe you Joe? No, you can't because you do no think very deeply. The fact that the SOB asked to tape a traumatized child makes me madder than heck. Who the hell does he think he is? You are right about his deceased wife though...maybe I was a little harsh...I feel sorry for his poor wife who died and his children. I can't imagine the trauma of losing your mother and wife. However, unfortunately, Talarico doesn't recognize trauma in another mother's child, or the trauma of Ms. Mack and Mr. Wazak in losing their jobs.  I do not need to be "educated" by you Joe. ..unfortunately I have already been educated by those hallow people at that school.

jserramom
jserramom

Stop it. Even whores can be raped. What are you suggesting? Should every woman/child  carry a camera around to prove that she was raped? And by the way, most raped victim are in a state of a shock after being raped, never mind a child. You are so ignorant. I do not care if the child ran over to his house nude, he did not have permission to rape her.  And it was rape because a fourteen old can not consent. And by the way, it is not the Sheriff that accesses her credibility, it is a jury. These are questions of fact, and not law.

jserramom
jserramom

Guest..I never questioned the integrity of the teachers..I do question the integrity  of the administration. Why can't I question the Talerico's procedures without being called a hater, or being foreced to take my children out of their high school? Why can't we demand that the president of our school be professional and be sensitive. And just because you and your son (and not daughter) had a good expereience does not mean JSerra can not improve their protocals with respect to its female students, who have been allegedly been sexually harassed. Obviously, you did not understand my prior posts, so let me spell it out for you..I prayed that it did not happen..because a child being raped is horrific and I wouldn't want it to happen to any child. I expressly attacked Talerico because of how he treated this student and her mother when they first brought the alleged rape to his attention. He did not remove the teacher, he did not protect the student, and he did not protect my kids, until he was convinced that the allegations might be true. It was only after the man was arrested that Talerico decided to be outraged, judge, and fire Aldano  And who are you with your timelines..."it doesn't make any sense that it all transpired within the first two wekks of meeting." Are you that ignorant that you think sexual predators have timelines, or think like you?

guest
guest

Well said Joe. JSerramom, the best thing you can do for your child and yourself is to remove him/her from the school. Your hatred for a few individuals there has transpired into questioning the acedemic quality and integrity of the whole school which includes all teachers. To rebute your claims, my son goes there and is receiving a great education. I couldn't be happier with all the honors classes and teachers he's had over the years.

Attacking a man whose children lost their mom is hatred. "a little harsh"...really? Then you say you're not sure if Aldana is guilty or not and you pray he's innocent, but in your next post you condeme Joe beacuse he can't think "deeply" enough about being raped by a teacher and no one believing you. You meant to say "accused rape" right?

Only 2 people really know what happened. None of us on this blog are included in that group and we can only "speculate". The "Facts" will eventually come out but in the end God is the ultimate judge of all of us. Including those who inflict pain/hatred on others.

jserramom
jserramom

I am not trying to vilify Aldano. I haven't a clue if he did it or not. I am vilifying the procedures that Talarico took in handling the situation which are both unprofessional and unkind. We are in the year 2011 and the alleged child victim should not be cross examined by Talarico on tape before her allegations are taken seriously. The procedure should have been as follows: the teacher should have been escorted off campus immediately and put on paid administrative leave until the legal process had run its due course. JSerra should have immediately hired professionals to come in to talk to ALL students (and not just the girl volleyball players) on sexual harassment and what to do about it. JSerra's sexual harassment process should be clear; a student (male or female) must feel comfortable approaching school officials and know that their voice will be heard (and not cross-examined). The fact that Mr. Aldano was a popular teacher, or that other students did not have the same experience does not make child's allegations any less true. On the other hand as you suggest, the child could be troubled and for some  unknown reason accused Mr. Aldano of these horrific crimes. You are right, I am not God and either are you, Talarico, and heartless staff who also do not know the truth. Of course I will pray. However, unlike the other pseudo-religious staff at that school, I will not stand by and let them do cruel acts to children and follow it by the term "God Bless." I had it with that school...and as a mother I do not feel comfortable knowing that Talarico let an alleged sex offender around my kids for at least four months, while he negotiated to get his cameras rolling because he did not believe the first child.

Joe
Joe

Well sticking up for the alledged victim is fine but it appears you are trying to villify the alledged predator. The best thing you and others like you can do is pray fir BOTH families. You are not the judge God is and God will adminster his justice here or in hell fire if things are true...maybe that will smooth your angry heart

Blessings

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