Two employees at Clovis High School were arrested overnight and booked into Fresno County Jail on suspicion of having sexual relations with a minor.
Clovis police arrested Matthew Pena, 32, of Clovis, a photography teacher and a baseball and golf coach, just before midnight Thursday. An hour later, Dwayne Andrews, 30, a classified substitute and walk-on football coach, was arrested.
Both are charged with having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, oral copulation and lewd acts. Bail for each was set at $65,000.
Pena played collegiate baseball as a pitcher at University of the Pacific. As a student at Buchanan High, he was a Bee All-Star baseball player in 2000.
Andrews played linebacker for Fresno State for four seasons (2003-06), and was named to the Western Athletic Conference’s first-team defense in 2006.
Clovis Unified School District spokeswoman Kelly Avants said the alleged incidents came to light Wednesday when school officials learned a student, who was not the victim, commented about an “inappropriate relationship” between a student and a district employee. Avants said when district officials heard about the comment, they contacted Clovis police. The investigation led to the two arrests.
“This kind of investigation is devastating and heartbreaking to everyone involved,” Avants said.
Counselors were on the Clovis High campus to help staff and students cope with the news. She also said officials “cannot discount” the possibility there were other inappropriate relationships connected to the case.
Avants said Pena was hired in 2008 as a walk-on coach. He became a photography teacher in August 2013.