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Alleged sexual predator facing renewed probe

June 5, 2016

Leslie Swan: ‘Victim willing to testify’

For the third time in nine years, Ruben Castrejon — a teacher at Madera South High School now on paid administrative leave — is the subject of a police investigation.

According to police reports, Castrejon was investigated in 2007 for unlawful sex with a minor, and in 2012, he was investigated for child molestation. In both cases, the investigations hit a dead end because the victims refused to cooperate.

Now, in the aftermath of an appearance Thursday by a former Madera South student who alleges she was a victim of illegal sexual activity by Castrejon, Madera police have named him as the subject of another investigation being conducted by the department.

Responding Thursday afternoon to a Tribune inquiry, Detective Sgt. Johnnie C. Smith acknowledged that Castrejon is “currently under investigation.” He also advised, “The school district (MUSD) may be conducting their own internal investigation, so you may want to contact them.” ...


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