• Santa Catalina contractor’s employee arrested on charges involving minors

    On January 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM, officials at Santa Catalina School, 1500 Mark Thomas, Monterey, notified the Monterey Police Department that an adult male was providing alcohol to minor students at the school. Further investigation found that Juan Pablo Mata, a 29 year old male from Seaside, was involved in multiple criminal acts with at least two minors at the school between November 2012 and January 2013. Mata was employed by Bon Appétit Management Company, a contract food service company working at the school.

    On January 17, 2013 at 3:45 PM, Mata was arrested at the Monterey Police Department. He was booked at the Monterey City Jail on two counts each of possession of obscene matter of a minor in a sexual act, selling liquor to a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, sending harmful material to a minor and lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, with a bail of $250,000. After being transferred to the Monterey County Jail he was found to be a previously deported alien and was placed on an immigration hold.

    Officials at the school are fully cooperating with the investigation, and at this time, no other students have been identified as additional victims.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on January 22, 2013

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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