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Sac County teacher pleads not guilty to molesting third grade students

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Bowling Green Chacon teacher Enrique Valladares pleaded not guilty last week to eight felonies and one misdemeanor relating to his alleged touching of several students and former students in 2020, according to court records.

A key pretrial hearing in the case, where prosecutors will try to establish probable cause to hold him for trial by presenting a limited amount of evidence and testimony, has been scheduled for mid-July.

Valladares, currently on administrative leave, was arrested last December after deputies worked with his lawyer to coordinate a surrender to his felony warrant, written up after school officials reported him to law enforcement.

As The Update first reported, CPS investigators opened a probe following a meeting between a student victim, Bowling Green Chacon principal Sylvia Silva-Torres, and school staff. The girl said Valladares sexually abused her when she was in the third grade. Soon, more victims begin to speak up.

One girl told officials that Valladares tried untucking her shirt as she sat on his lap – something she had seen him do with other students. The 53-year-old teacher would allegedly play with young girls’ bra straps, pulling them back so they would audibly “snap” against the skin.

Another claimed he gave her side-hugs and had students regularly sit on his lap in a closed classroom – lunchtime with Valladares was reserved for girl students only, according to the victim.

The final two victims said Valladares fondled their buttocks, one through her clothes and the other over 10 times while she was sitting on his lap. The girl said he also touched her genitals with her fingers and rubbed her legs inappropriately at an after-school program.

 

Ethan Biando
Ethan Biando is a freelance journalist from Sacramento. His writing focuses on crime, courts, and policing. Find him on Twitter @ethanb822

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