FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Police said Monday they have arrested a teacher and four students as they investigate allegations of brutal hazing at a summer school in Southern California.
Three boys were attacked in separate incidents in the classroom of masonry teacher Emmanuel Delarosa at A.B. Miller High School, Fontana police Sgt. Robert Morris said. One 18-year-old student — Fernando Salgado — is being investigated for child cruelty, assault with intent to commit mayhem or rape and attempted sodomy.
Delarosa, 27, may have directed the students to carry out one of the assaults, Morris said.
"They would assault the other kids to basically maintain order in the classroom on their own," Morris said. "The teacher at some point became aware of the situation, and knew about what was occurring and in one incident may have actually directed them to do it."
One of the victims suffered minor injuries. Morris declined to detail the nature of the assaults, citing the ongoing investigation.
Delarosa was arrested Saturday for investigation of child cruelty and has been placed on administrative leave. Three other students arrested were minors.
No working number was listed in public directories for Delarosa, who was released on Sunday, or Salgado, who is being held on $100,000 bail.
The probe began on Friday when a victim reported one of the incidents to the Fontana school police, who referred the case to the city's police department.
The school has assigned an assistant principal to take Delarosa's place for the last week of a five-week summer session and professional counselors have been sent to the campus about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, said Fontana Unified superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks.
"We're all taken aback, most definitely," she said.
Delarosa, a trained bricklayer, did his apprenticeship and worked at Winegardner Masonry in the nearby desert town of Yucaipa, said Julie Salazar, the company president. He left the company four years ago to become a teacher, she said.
"He always was a respectful person so it comes as beyond a shock," Salazar said. "That doesn't reflect anything at all about how we knew him here."
No charges had been filed in the case as of Monday. Salgado is set to be arraigned on Tuesday and Delarosa is expected to appear in court on Wednesday, said Christopher Lee, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office.