Teacher Arrested for Allegedly Sexually Abusing Multiple Students

Ronald Guinto, 32, has been arrested and is being held at the Martinez Detention Facility.

Ronald Guinto. Photo provided by Bay City News
Ronald Guinto. Photo provided by Bay City News
By Bay City News—

A teacher was arrested in El Cerrito Wednesday morning for allegedly sexually abusing multiple students at a Richmond elementary school.

Officers arrested 32-year-old Ronald Guinto on a $1.4 million warrant for alleged lewd acts upon a child, forced oral copulation and assault with intent to commit sodomy, according to Richmond police Lt. Andre Hill.

Guinto was taken into custody as he arrived at work at Mira Vista Elementary School in El Cerrito around 7:45 a.m., Hill said.

However, police said his arrest stemmed from allegations that he abused students at his former workplace, Making Waves Academy, a charter school located at 4123 Lakeside Drive in Richmond.

Hill said police received reports last November that Guinto was allegedly sexually abusing at least two students between 11 and 13 years old at the school.

Police launched an investigation and were able to obtain a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday after learning that he was teaching another school in El Cerrito, the lieutenant said.

He was taken to county jail in Martinez where he remains in custody on $1.4 million bail.
CCResident March 07, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Autumn, I don't think it was Making Waves Academy's job to notify Mira Vista, but it WAS their job to notify the district in which they reside, regardless of their status as a county charter. I am hoping they did this. The responsible thing to do is to notify the district immediately, especially given the fact that the accused teacher served as a substitute teacher previously in the district, and Making Waves Academy was aware of this, as it is part of his work history. If this did not happen, I hold Making Waves Academy responsible for the accused being hired by Mira Vista.
Giorgio C. March 07, 2014 at 11:29 AM
Autumn, Can you please inquire with the State or County Ed departments as to what laws are in place for preventing what has just transpired? This teacher could have taught anywhere in the state with their credential. Is the current system lacking something with respect to such laws/procedures or did someone drop the ball?
Giorgio C. March 07, 2014 at 11:55 AM
With such allegations, a teacher, per state policy, should be placed on administrative leave and told they cannot seek teaching (or childcare) employment of any kind elsewhere until the investigation is complete. This would protect everyone, including both the current employer, and prospective employers, and the teacher, too, assuming they are innocent. Too simple?
scottie smith March 09, 2014 at 01:46 PM
One would have to check with the state on teacher's credentials to see if his credentials were clear or if any alleged allegations had been reported. I would think that would be the first thing this District would have done. Does anyone know if that was checked?
Autumn Johnson March 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM
School Board Changes Hiring Process of Teachers in Wake of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Teacher http://elcerrito.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/school-board-changes-hiring-process-of-teachers-in-wake-of-sexual-abuse-allegations-against-teacher


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