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Martin Albert Gallegos

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A substitute teacher and ROTC instructor at Mar Vista High School pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of statutory rape for having sex with a 17-year-old student.

Martin Albert Gallegos, 48, was arrested April 9, one day after a campus police officer got a report about the crime, which occurred about a month earlier, said sheriff’s Lt. Dan Brislin.

Gallegos had worked for the Sweetwater Union High School District since last fall, filling in periodically for full-time teachers, according to SUHSD spokesman Manny Rubio.

The defendant most likely will be placed on probation when he is sentenced Sept. 23, said Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Matzger.

Gallegos also admitted Monday to an allegation that the victim, a senior, was not his spouse and was more than three years younger than him.