Female teacher and swim coach at California high school, 30, is arrested for ‘committing lewd acts’ with underage male student

  • Amanda Quinonez, 30, served as an english-language arts teacher, as well as the swimming and water polo coach at Eleanor Roosevelt High School 
  • Riverside County investigators responded to the school regarding allegations Quinonez has ‘committed lewd acts’ with the minor student 
  • The investigation discovered that Quinonez behaved that way with one male student and sent ‘explicit’ photos of a ‘sexual nature’ with that student 
  • Quinonez was jailed at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, California on Tuesday
  • This is the second time in recent years the Southern California school has been faced with sexual misconduct from a coach and teacher 

An adult female teacher at a California high school faces charges of indecent behavior with an underaged male student after she was arrested Tuesday. 

Amanda Quinonez, 30, served as an English-language arts teacher, as well as the swimming and water polo coach at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in East Vale, California.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigators responded to the school regarding allegations Quinonez ‘committed lewd acts’ with the minor student.  

The investigation discovered that one male student was involved and that Quinonez sent ‘explicit’ photos of a ‘sexual nature’ to him. 

Quinonez was jailed at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside, California on Tuesday. 

An adult female teacher at a California high school, 30-year-old Amanda Quinonez (pictured), now faces charges of indecent behavior with an underage male student

A 2018 school newspaper feature lists Quinonez as the JV/freshman boys' coach

A 2018 school newspaper feature lists Quinonez as the JV/freshman boys’ coach

Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, California, just south of Los Angeles

Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, California, just south of Los Angeles

Roosevelt High School principal Dr. Greg Anderson said the Corona-Norco School District and the school have zero-tolerance for behavior that endangers students

Roosevelt High School principal Dr. Greg Anderson said the Corona-Norco School District and the school have zero-tolerance for behavior that endangers students

It’s unclear how long Quinonez had been coach or whether the student involved was on the team. 

Eleanor Roosevelt High School has both a boys’ and girls’ water polo team. The school’s athletic website does not list her as a coach of either water polo team nor the swim teams, though a 2018 school newspaper feature lists her as the JV/freshman boys’ coach.  

Roosevelt High School principal Dr. Greg Anderson, who took the position in early 2021, said the Corona-Norco School District and the school have zero-tolerance for behavior that endangers students. 

Quinonez’s employment status following the arrest was not disclosed. She is still listed on the school’s staff directory.

This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at (951) 203-4306. 

This is the second time in recent years the Southern California school has been faced with sexual misconduct from a coach and teacher. 

In 2019, Joe Robles Jr., a then-36-year-old cross country and track coach, was charged with charged with forcible rape and other felony counts after accusations of sexually assaulting and harassing female students, NBC Los Angeles reported. 

He’s since been convicted, according to attorneys.  

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