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Ex-Teacher Pleads Guilty To Student Sexual Assaults

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A former Santa Rosa school teacher and coach has been hit with a 19-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old female student.

Just prior to the start of jury selection for his trial Monday, 37-year-old Josue Cepeda pleaded guilty to charges of sexually assaulting a child and a charge of improper relationship between educator and student.

Cepeda’s plea came more than two years after he was arrested, and he wasn’t arrested until more than a year after the first assault occurred. It was later determined by a Texas Education Agency investigation that the then-superintendent of the Santa Rosa ISD failed to report the accusations to law enforcement, despite having knowledge of them in 2018.

Cepeda was arrested in mid-May of 2019, as was a second Santa Rosa school teacher, 25-year-old Isaac Flores. Flores is awaiting trial on similar charges involving another 16-year-old female student.

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