DP logoBy Kristina Pritchett

A former Dana Hills High School teacher was sentenced five years in state prison on Sept. 15 for possessing child pornography and sexually assaulting a young teen he met through a volunteer organization, the District Attorney’s office said.

Ezequiel Christopher Barragan, 50, of Aliso Viejo, pleaded guilty to four felony counts of performing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, three felony counts of lewd acts on a child between the ages of 14 and 15 and one felony count of possession of child pornography.

According to the DA’s office, Barragan must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Barragan was a Spanish teacher at Dana Hills at the time of the incident. Over the last 20 years, he was involved in coaching youth baseball at various leagues of various ages, including the junior high and high school levels. He has also volunteered with Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in Orange County.

On multiple occasions between Aug. 14, 2012 and Feb. 7, 2015, Barragan sexually assaulted the victim, who was between the ages of 13 and 15 when the sexual assault occurred, according to the DA’s office.

Between April 9, 2015 and May 4, 2015, Barragan possessed child pornography.

A U.S. Postal Inspection Service agent contacted the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force, who investigated the case.

Deputy District Attorney Heidi Garrel of the Sexual Assault Unit prosecuted the case.

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