CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- A Bonita Vista High School music teacher is facing child molestation charges for allegedly engaging in sexual activity with a male student at the South Bay campus five years ago, authorities reported Thursday.
Jason Mangan-Magabilin, 38, surrendered to Chula Vista police Wednesday morning and was booked into county jail on suspicion of 13 counts of sexual contact with a minor, Capt. Lon Turner said.
Authorities became aware of the alleged crimes only recently, when a 22- year-old man came forward with the accusations. He alleged he had been molested at the Otay Lakes Road campus on various occasions at age 15 and again when he was 17, the captain said.
The suspect was released from custody on bail Thursday morning. His initial court appearance in the case is scheduled for Aug. 4, a jail clerk said.
Turner says Sweetwater Union High School District officials are fully cooperating with the police and conducting their own internal personnel investigation into the matter.
SUHSD Director of Communications Manuel Rubio released the following statement:
"We appreciate that the public has many questions regarding the recent arrests in the District pertaining to alleged inappropriate contacts between students and staff. The District is currently actively working with law enforcement on each of these matters. The District is committed to assisting law enforcement and conducting thorough personnel investigations in each matter, so we are not able to provide further comment at this time. We appreciate your understanding and respect of the District’s commitment to protect the integrity of all pending investigations during these challenging circumstances. We ask that you allow our staff to focus their attention during these trying times on the learning environment of our students."