The Clovis West High School teacher suspected of committing a lewd act on a child pleaded not guilty Friday to one count of sexual assault.
Pete Martinez Arguijo, 40, of Fresno was arrested on July 21 but posted $30,000 bail to get released from the Fresno County Jail. Judge James Kelley Jr. allowed Arguijo to remain free on bail Friday. He faces up to three years in prison if he is convicted.
Following his arrest, Arguijo was placed on leave from the high school, Clovis Unified spokeswoman Kelly Avants said.
“This arrest is deeply concerning to the school and district administration and will be treated with the utmost seriousness,” Avants said.
The alleged crime with a child 14 or 15 years of age does not appear to involve any of his students, and Fresno County District Attorney Lisa A. Smittcamp said prosecutors do not suspect the assault occurred on the high school campus.
Arguijo was arraigned Friday at 8:30 a.m. in Fresno County Superior Court. A status hearing on the case requested by the judge is scheduled for Aug. 29.
The criminal complaint was sent Friday to the California Commission on Teachers Credentialing.