Attorneys for survivors of high school referee Darwin Tengco

September 12, 2022

The Mercury News reports that a high school referee has been criminally charged with having sex with an underage student from Independence High School in San Jose earlier this year. The crime allegedly occurred when referee Darwin Tengco was visiting the campus to officiate boys’ volleyball matches. According to police, a female student reported in August that a boy’s volleyball referee had sexually assaulted her after school in April.

Tengco was later identified during an investigation by the San Jose Police Department Child Exploitation Detail. He was subsequently charged with one felony count of sexual penetration of a person under the age of 18. Tengco was booked at the Santa Clara County jail on September 1, and was later released after posting bail. According to the East Side Union High School District, they are fully cooperating with the investigation. Tengco works for a private referee service and is not an employee of the district.

While Tengco has been charged and is awaiting trial, the investigation into his crimes is ongoing. Due to the nature of the allegations, his position of authority, and access to students, San Jose Police believe there is a possibility that there could be other unreported victims as well as additional instances of misconduct by Darwin Tengco. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Camarillo at (408) 273-2959.

If you or a loved one is the victim of San Jose area high school referee Darwin Tengco, the team of compassionate lawyers at Estey & Bomberger can help you achieve justice and fair compensation for your suffering. As a trauma informed law firm, we offer our clients more than just legal representation. Our team includes certified sexual assault advocates who can provide resources to assist you in healing from the abuse you have suffered.

So that clients do not have to worry about how to afford our services, we never charge a fee unless we win your case. Our sexual assault lawyers build cases that are ready for trial and have a perfect record when it comes to delivering our clients with results. We understand the importance of confidentiality is such cases and can keep your identity anonymous. During a confidential, free consultation, we can answer any questions you may have so that you can make an informed decision before moving forward.

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