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Ponderosa High coach accused of inappropriate relationships with students

Shane O’Rourke
Shane O’Rourke Booking photo, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

A water polo coach at Ponderosa High School in El Dorado County has been arrested after he was accused of engaging in sexual relationships with underage students.

Shane O’Rourke, 22, an El Dorado Hills resident was arrested Thursday.

On Tuesday, an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office school resource officer working at Ponderosa High School developed information that a coach at the school was possibly involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student from the school, sheriff’s officials said. The school resource officer and detectives launched an investigation.

O’Rourke is alleged to have been involved in inappropriate relationships with two students, including a sexual relationship, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

O’Rourke has been the water polo coach at Ponderosa High for two years, in 2014 and 2015, and was the water polo coach at El Dorado High School in 2013, sheriff’s officials said.

He was booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of sex with a minor, under the age of 16; contact with a minor with the intent of committing sexual acts; and possession of child pornography.

Sheriff’s officials said two female victims have been identified and the investigation is continuing. They ask any potential victims to call detectives at 530-642-4709, or 530-642-4711.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy