A drug counselor from a Salinas rehab center that helps young people and their families with substance abuse issues has been placed on leave after accusations of molesting a high school student. According to TheCalifornian.com , Gilbert Olivares was arrested on the Salinas High School campus on 8 counts of contact with a minor with sexual intent, 3 counts of a lewd act with a minor, and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The investigation began after family members reported to police an improper Facebook message between Olivares and a 14-year-old boy. The messages were apparently related to sexual acts and propositions. Officials believe that Olivares inappropriately touched the boy on three occasions, even giving him passes to get out of class so he could obtain further contact. Investigators seized several items form Olivares’ home, including electronics. Olivares is not an employee of the Salinas Union High School District, but he has worked at the school for 5 years. He is employed by Sunrise House.
The school commented, saying, “The school has taken appropriate action to ensure the safety of our students. The school is reviewing all student call out procedures to ensure all contact with students is appropriate in nature. The accused will not be allowed back on Salinas Union High School District campus and we are cooperating fully with the police investigation.” The director of Sunrise House says the accused is on leave, pending further investigation. He has worked for Sunrise House since 2006, counseling students with substance abuse problems. Olivare also underwent a background check to be able to work in the schools.
Olivares posted bail and is currently out of jail.
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