Vice principal of James Lick High school in San Jose arrested on child molestation charges

Byby Katie Utehs KGO logo
Thursday, February 4, 2016
San Jose high school VP arrested on child molestation charges
San Jose police have arrested high school administrator Jose Gonzalez on child molestation charges.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A South Bay high school administrator is in jail and facing molestation charges.

San Jose police say 35-year-old Jose Gonzalez had an inappropriate relationship with at least one of his students. Gonzalez is the interim vice principal at James Lick High School.

Gonzalez worked at that high school since 2008. Police say he may have acted inappropriately with other students as well.

"He was the head varsity girls volleyball coach and he was also the varsity baseball coach," said East Side High School District superintendent Chris Funk.

Police say Gonzalez had an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old student.

"He had access to a lot of students, also an ability to be in a position of trust, leadership, and authority," Funk added.

School leaders learned of the allegations last Friday, put Gonzalez on paid administrative leave and sent a letter to parents.

"The initial investigation had some credible information and that's why we reported it directly to Child Protective Services and with SJPD," Funk said.

Police say the incident with the female student happened last July or August at Gonzalez's San Jose home.

"That's scary, because I also have a daughter that age and I wouldn't trust him to come back," said Raquel Castro, a parent.

Investigators arrested Gonzalez at his home Tuesday night on a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child under 18 years of age. Police are asking anyone with information to come forward.

Counseling services are being offered for students and faculty at the high school.