By Christy McLeap

Former Corona High School teacher 31 year-old Anthony Joshua Perez, is being charged with felonies for having alleged sexual relationships with two teenage girls in 2010 and 2011.

Perez failed to make a scheduled court appearance yesterday which prompted a judge to issue an arrest warrant.

Perez is charged with felonies in both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties; in the Riverside County case, he is charged with lewd acts on a minor, oral copulation of a minor, statutory rape and two counts of possession of child pornography.

There was a preliminary hearing yesterday that Perez was supposed to appear at the Riverside Hall of Justice. When they called Perez’s name, they found out he wasn’t there.

The Press-Enterprise reports Superior Court Judge Helios Hernandez was curious as where Perez could be and was informed that he was in custody in San Bernardino. That prompted Judge Hernandez to sign a bench warrant for $150,000 for Perez’s arrest, requiring him to appear and show the cause of why he wasn’t in court.

Corona police said in a written statement that, between December 2010 and April 2011, Perez allegedly engaged in sexual contact with two girls from Lee Pollard High School. The names of the girls were not released.

According to the statement from the Corona police department, the alleged offenses came to their attention while the Fontana Police Department was conducting their own investigation on claims that Perez had been involved in dating relationships with girls in that city.

In March of 2015, the time of Perez’s arrest, he was no longer employed by the Corona-Norco Unified School District.

As for the case in San Bernardino County, there were three counts of statutory rape against Perez, along with one count each of oral copulation of a minor and resisting arrest.

Court records reveal that until the beginning of this year, Perez was on home detention. The reason he ended up in jail in San Bernardino was that he allegedly dismantled or slipped out of his ankle- mounted GPS tracking device.


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