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After-school program leader arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting child

Joshua Vasquez
Joshua Vasquez Booking photo, Sacramento Police Department

The former program leader for a Sacramento after-school program has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor.

Sacramento police reported that Joshua Vasquez, 31, was taken into custody Friday at police headquarters.

The Police on Tuesday began an investigation of an alleged sexual assault of a child that was believed to have occurred at Mark Twain Elementary School, 4914 58th St. Vasquez worked a a program leader for the city of Sacramento’s START after-school program and also as a part-time employee with the Sacramento City Unified School District.

An ongoing criminal investigation is being conducted by the Police Department’s sex assault and child abuse unit. Due to the sensitive nature of the allegations and victim confidentiality laws, police said they could release limited details regarding the investigation.

As soon as the sexual assault allegations were brought to the attention of officials, Vasquez was released by the Sacramento City Unified School District and placed on administrative leave by the city of Sacramento, according to a Police Department news release.

In addition to the criminal investigation, an administrative investigation was initiated. Upon being confronted with the allegations, Vasquez resigned his employment with the city of Sacramento, police said. He was later taken to the Sacramento County Main Jail and booked on suspicion of oral copulation with a victim younger than 10.

Police said there may be additional victims. They urge anyone who may have been a victim or witnessed any crime connected with Vasquez to cal the Police Department’s communications center at 916-264-5471 or Crime Alert at 916-443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy