In separate courtrooms Monday, two former Clovis High School employees appeared for arraignments on felony charges of having sex with a student.
Police alleged that Matthew Pena, 32, and Dwayne Andrews, 30, had unlawful sex with the same student at different times. A criminal complaint charges Andrews with four felony charges of unlawful sex between May 15 and Aug. 31 last year. Pena is charged with four felony charges of unlawful sex and oral copulation from Oct. 15 to Dec 3.
Andrews, who is being defended by veteran Fresno attorney Roger Nuttall, pleaded not guilty to the charges in Fresno County Superior Court. His next hearing is Feb. 26.
Pena asked to have his arraignment delayed to Feb 26 so can hire an attorney. He told the court he plans to hire Michael Idiart, another veteran Fresno attorney.
Both defendants are free on $65,000 bail.
At Monday’s hearings, family and friends came to the courtrooms to support them. On orders from the court, both defendants agreed to have no contact with the alleged victim.
Clovis police arrested Pena, a photography teacher and a baseball assistant coach and golf coach, just before midnight Jan. 8. An hour later, Dwayne Andrews, 30, a classified substitute and walk-on football coach, was taken into custody.
Pena, of Clovis, 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. He was hired by the Clovis Unified School District in 2008 as a walk-on coach. He became a photography teacher in August 2013.
Andrews, who lives in Fresno, played linebacker for Fresno State for four seasons (2003-06), and was named to the Western Athletic Conference’s first-team defense in 2006.
Court records show that Pena has no criminal history. Andrews has one minor offense; he was sentenced in August to three years of probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license.
Clovis Unified School District spokeswoman Kelly Avants said Monday that Pena and Andrews no longer work for the district.