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Custodian at Oroville high school accused of sex-related crimes involving student

A custodian/security guard at Las Plumas High in Oroville has been arrested after being accused of possessing child pornography and having an inappropriate relationship with a student at the school.

Javier Torres, 40, of Oroville was arrested at the high school Monday by Butte Count sheriff’s detectives on suspicion of possessing child pornography, communicating with a minor for sexual crimes, arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd acts, and disorderly conduct that involved looking into a private area and invading the privacy of people. He was booked into Butte County Jail with bail set at $36,000.

The arrest followed a criminal investigation into allegations that Torres had an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old female student a Las Plumas High, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Authorities said Torres met the victim through his job with the school and the relationship is believed to have started about a year and a half ago. The Sheriff’s Office reported that school officials had been briefed and are conducting an internal investigation. Torres has been placed on administrative leave.

In a letter accompanying a copy of the Sheriff’s Office’s news release on the high school’s website Tuesday, Oroville Union High School District Superintendent Corey Willenberg said, “We are aware of no other potential student victims at this time. We ask that you please contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Department immediately if you have additional information.”

The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone with information regarding additional victims in the case to call the department’s special investigations unit at (530) 538-7671, or Detective Jason Miller at (530) 538-7424.

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