Ex-Dinuba HS athletic trainer arrested for lewd acts with students

DINUBA, Calif.

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Investigators arrested Orlando Mendoza, 42, at his home Tuesday. Detectives say Mendoza worked at the high school for 10 years. Investigators say eight girls aged 15 to 17 years old claimed that they had inappropriate conversations with him that escalated to touching. But Action News talked to Mendoza's mother who's standing by her son.

Anita Mendoza said, "I don't believe that he would touch his own girls."

In a statement Dinuba Unified's superintendent said, "Dinuba Unified School District has cooperated with the investigation to the full extent of the law. Mr. Mendoza no longer works for Dinuba Unified, which became effective May 31st. We will be following the case closely."

Mendoza is currently being held in the Tulare County jail on $550 thousand bail.

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