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Gilbert junior high teacher, coach arrested for inappropriate relationships with students

Feb 16, 2017, 6:08 AM | Updated: 11:56 am
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PHOENIX — Two staff members at the same junior high school in Gilbert were arrested this week for allegedly being involved in inappropriate relationships with students, police said.

Brandon Bedell (Photo: MCSO)

Brandon Bedell (Photo: MCSO)

Jael Cerda (Photo: MCSO)

Jael Cerda (Photo: MCSO)

Benjamin Bedell, a 37-year-old teacher, and Jael Cerda, a 23-year-old softball coach, were arrested for allegedly having inappropriate relationships with Gilbert Junior High School students.

Bedell was arrested and charged Monday with one count of endangering the life or health of a minor and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, both misdemeanors.

Cerda was arrested and charged Tuesday with one count of sexual abuse and one count of sexual conduct with a minor, which are both felony charges.

Police say the alleged incidents do not appear to be connected and there is no evidence at this time that more victims are involved. Police also said the alleged incidents do not appear to have happened on school property or during school hours.

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Gilbert junior high teacher, coach arrested for inappropriate relationships with students