A Kern County detentions deputy and assistant coach at Wasco Union High School was arrested, accused of asking for sexual favors from a Wasco High School student.
Kern County Sheriff’s Office investigation revealed Miguel Saldana, 23, was sending a student “inappropriate sexually explicit Snapchat messages.”
Saldana is a walk-on assistant varsity football coach, according to Kevin Tallon, principal of Wasco Union High School. Saldana is on paid administrative leave while the school cooperates with the investigation.
Kern County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement on Friday morning:
On November 15, 2018, a Wasco High School student reported to a school administrator that they had been receiving inappropriate sexually explicit Snapchat messages from Miguel Saldana (23). Wasco High School immediately notified the Kern County Sheriff’s Office who began an investigation into the allegations. While investigating, it was determined Saldana is currently employed as a Detentions Deputy with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office and a volunteer assistant coach at Wasco High School. During the investigation, detectives learned Saldana was attempting to obtain sexual favors from the student, via Snapchat messages.
During the investigation, probable cause was developed to place Saldana under arrest. On November 15, 2018, Saldana was contacted in Wasco where he was taken into custody without incident. Saldana was subsequently booked into the Central Receiving Facility for felony Penal Code Sections, 288.4(b), 288.2(a), 288.3 and the misdemeanor Penal Code Sections, 288.4(a)(1), 647.6(a)(1).
Saldana has been employed with the Kern County Sheriff’s Office for approximately 2 years. Saldana was placed on administrative leave after being arrested. Wasco High School administration was notified of Saldana’s arrest.
The investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at (661)861-3110 or the Secret Witness line at (661)322-4040.