Granite Hills High School Coach Arrested for Sex Crimes

October 7, 2015

jamesmaganaTULARE COUNTY — James Magana, 20, a volunteer coach for Granite Hills High School was arrested Monday on multiple charges of sexual crimes against minors, including suspicion of oral copulation with a minor, communication with a minor with the intent to molest, sexual penetration by force, child endangerment, and assault with intent to commit sodomy. Magana, of Porterville, worked as a Porterville Unified School District substitute classified employee who volunteered to assist the Granite cross-country team. Allegedly, he sent sexually explicit photographs t a 15-year-old male student through social media, and sent sexually suggestive text messages to two additional 15-year-old male students. A press release by PUSD states: “The District is committed to the safety and well-being of all of our students. All District staff receives regular training and guidance regarding the importance of maintaining appropriate relationships with students. The District encourages both students and staff to immediately report any perceived misconduct.” News Source: Recorder Online