David Riden: High school football coach secretly recorded girls in bathroom
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIFORNIA: An assistant football coach has been charged after it was found he allegedly spied on a girls’ bathroom by placing a hidden camera inside it. Local police were informed after a staff member at Los Osos High School located at 6001 Milliken Avenue in Rancho Cucamonga discovered the camera inside the restroom, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release Wednesday, August 25.
Investigators began probing the case and found David Riden was allegedly behind it. Detectives searched the 52-year-old’s house and car and found several electronic devices. It has been said the accused had captured over 40 students, aged between 12 to 17, undressing in the bathroom. After being taken into custody and interrogated by the investigators, Ridden has been charged with suspicion of invasion of privacy. Besides, he also faces child pornography charges. However, the man got out of the West Valley Detention Center the next day.
Who is David Riden?
Riden had been working at Los Osos High School since 2015, where he was made the attendant of the boys’ locker room. He also served as the assistant coach for the varsity football team. However, after the controversy, he resigned from his job with the Chaffey Joint Union High School District Tuesday.
Following the incident, a statement was released by Superintendent Mathew Holton that said the school district is “deeply concerned about this disturbing incident and will not tolerate actions that infringe on the privacy of others. We have committed to do all we can to provide support and counseling for our students during this time.”
Holton also said that the School District was helping with the probe, before adding that because of the school's perimeter cameras police were able to identify Riden as the suspect. Meanwhile, since the probe is still on, police have asked people to come forward if they have any information related to the case. Also, people have been urged to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department or call We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME if they want to contribute to the investigation process.
In another incident, a former teacher -- Luis Morales -- was arrested and charged for allegedly sexually abusing a minor for two years while teaching at Nottingham Elementary School in Oxford. The alleged crime happened between 2014 and 2016 when the victim was in 3rd and 4th grade, Chester County District Attorney Deb Ryan said.
But the arrest was made recently after the victim, now a 14-year-old girl, filed a complaint against him in June 2021. The official complaint alleged that the 56-year-old accused had penetrated -- “however slight” -- the child's genitals/anus. The minor girl also alleged that Morales had digitally penetrated her vagina and anus and put her hands outside of his pants on top of the genital area. The suspect has now been charged with several counts of aggravated indecent assault, institutional sexual assault, and other related offenses. His preliminary hearing is likely to take place at the end of this month.
After the case came to light, Ryan stated, “Adults need to engage in oversight by watching out for children. Anyone who works with children has a legal obligation as a mandated reporter, but all adults have a moral responsibility to do the right thing to protect them. We must do better.”