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Escalon Alum, Coach Arrested
Victor Carrillo

An Escalon High School alum, serving as an assistant coach for the varsity football team, was arrested by Escalon Police on Monday, Sept. 16 and booked at San Joaquin County Jail.

Authorities said Victor Carrillo, 26, is facing a felony count of using an underage person for obscene matter and a misdemeanor count of arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes. He was booked at county jail in French Camp late Monday afternoon with bail set at $505,000. He has a court appearance scheduled in Manteca Court on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 18.

Escalon Police Department officials said Detective Anthony Hardgraves was dispatched to Escalon High School on Monday for a report of inappropriate messages sent to a student after a parent discovered the content on her 15-year-old daughter’s phone.

“Between 11 and 11:30 a.m., a parent came in to the high school office with a concern,” explained Escalon Unified School District Superintendent Ron Costa.

Messages between Carrillo and the girl reportedly occurred on Sunday night, Sept. 15 and Costa said the police were called in quickly after the parent voiced concern the next day. He said the district also arranged a meeting with Carrillo for 3:30 p.m. on Monday.

“He was a walk-on coach, he is not on campus,” Costa added. “The school district has taken action; he will not be coaching here again.”

As school officials were escorting Carrillo off the campus on Monday, Escalon Police moved in to make the arrest.

According to the police report, it was discovered that Carrillo, from Modesto, had communicated with the female student via Snapchat. Police said he requested nude pictures and tried to arrange to meet with the student after school.

Carrillo was in his third year of coaching football at EHS, serving as a varsity assistant, working with linebackers and special teams.

Costa said the school and police worked cooperatively in the investigation.

“The minute we heard about it, we acted on it,” Costa said. “We did not allow him (Carrillo) to have any contact with the kids (when he arrived on campus). Student safety is our primary concern.”