McFarland teacher accused of inappropriately touching 10-year-old at wedding: reports

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MCFARLAND, Calif. (KGET) — A McFarland High School teacher arrested earlier this week is accused of inappropriately touching a 10-year-old girl while attending a wedding, court documents say.

Miguel Angel Martinez, 32, walked up behind the child and put his hands on her chest, according to documents filed by sheriff’s investigators. He placed his lips on her neck and behind her ear, the documents say. The girl told detectives she thought about screaming but didn’t because she was too scared.

Martinez was arrested Tuesday on a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child and is set to be formally arraigned May 12.

Several guests said Martinez appeared intoxicated at the Nov. 10, 2019, wedding, according to the filings. The child’s parents said they didn’t know Martinez and he was a friend of the groom.

Surveillance video captured the incident. The footage shows a man wrap his arms around a girl and nuzzle his head against her neck, the documents say.

“It appears the male subject is kissing the juvenile female’s neck as he is rocking her back and forth in his arms,” an investigator wrote.

Witnesses to the incident confronted Martinez and he left the wedding, a security guard at the venue told investigators.

Interviewed a month later, Martinez told detectives he was “drunk out of his mind” at the wedding and didn’t remember what had happened. While acknowledging drunkenness isn’t an excuse, he said all factors should be taken into consideration. He said drunk and disorderly charges would be appropriate in his situation.

McFarland Unified School District has released a statement saying Martinez, a welding teacher, has been placed on administrative leave and is barred from school grounds.

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