Emmanuel Hugo Hernandez, School Wrestling Coach, Faces 6 Years for Alleged Battery: Update

See Update No. 2 at the bottom of the next page on the charges and punishment the coach faces. Update No. 1 is on the school district placing him on administrative leave.

ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 14, 9:40 A.M.: A "walk on" wrestling coach was arrested Wednesday for alleged felony battery on a Villa Park High School wrestler, the sheriff's department just announced.

Emmanuel Hugo Hernandez, 26, of Orange, allegedly choked out the student who, while unconscious, was punched several times in the head, leaving a visible injury to his right ear area, according to sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock, who added the wrestler had to be treated at a hospital.

Hernandez left the scene after the incident but, after an investigation, was arrested at his home on suspicion of battery with serious bodily injury. His temporary new home the Orange County Jail, where he is being held on $100,000 bail.

According to Hallock, the agency's spokesman:

"During the afternoon wrestling practice on the school's campus, Hernandez grabbed a student member of the wrestling team and placed him in an unauthorized choke hold. Hernandez ignored the victim's attempt to tell him to stop and ultimately rendered the student victim unconscious. Immediately following the student victim being rendered unconscious, Hernandez punched the victim several times in the head causing visible injury near the right ear. Hernandez immediately left the school as medical aid was rendered to the victim. The victim was transported and treated at a local hospital."

The School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team (SMART) aided sheriff's investigators in the probe.

UPDATE NO. 1, NOV. 14, 5:03 P.M.: As a "walk-on" coach at Villa Park High School since 2010, Emmanuel Hernandez was either a volunteer or paid a stipend, but he did not teach there.

However, he has still been placed on administrative leave because of his arrest, according to the Orange Unified School District.

Sheriff's officials say they don't know what prompted the alleged attack.

UPDATE NO. 2, NOV. 15, 12:15 P.M.: The Orange County District Attorney's office announced Emmanuel Hernandez is to be arraigned today in Santa Ana on one felony count each of child abuse and battery causing serious bodily injury.

He faces up to six years in state prison with a conviction prosecutors added.

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ROIDS? Anyway, have fun in prison loser.

tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"80 percent of all cops are criminals and violate the laws while they are ON DUTY!"

"I have absolutely no influence over the outcomes of these trials". - Judge Derek Johnson Harbor Court Newport Beach to one of the court clerks. = HA HA HA HA HA!

Who's the bully the bully or the one who follows him?

tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

No it sounds like stupidity because he was hired to train wrestlers and they're accusing him of this innane bullying idea that's going through people heads nowadays when he was told to train them and toughen them up and they won't let the real bullies called the cops off the hook instead they're training them to be idjits.

Tommy Walas
Tommy Walas

"Sheriff's officials say they don't know WHAT PROMPTED the alleged attack." It's a start to admit that it might have indeed been violently prompted- either way the reaction on the part of this grown ass man was unwarranted. With that said, I've had a student punch me in the face and I didn't do anything because it was my fault- I was breaking up a fight... Imagine this kid- a little smaller than me (5'11'' 170 lbs age 25 at the time)- turning and full-on chin checking me as hard as he could! I remember I got the adrenaline and the ringing but I knew he was in pit-bull mode so I just grabbed him by the wrists and stared him straight into the eyes and said "STOP!" to which he snapped back into reality and said (almost crying) "Oh my god I didn't know you were a teacher I thought..." That's when I smiled and let him go. It turns out he was defending himself from a bully who was picking on him. It was fun seeing him around campus after that. He was a good kid.


Six years? Light sentence for someone who brutally choked a youngster unconscious!


What an odd thing for a teacher to do................ Sounds like he snapped! I see a law suit on it's way with the parents and the school.

paullucas714 topcommenter

Wow man! What made the guy go ballistic on that kid?

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