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Assistant wrestling coach at Estancia High School arrested on suspicion of sending inappropriate photo to student

Samuel Galvez, 30, was arrested Thursday and booked on suspicion of harmful matter sent with intent of seduction of a minor.
(Courtesy of Costa Mesa Police Department)

An assistant wrestling coach at Estancia High School in Costa Mesa was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sending an inappropriate photo to a female student, authorities said.

Samuel Galvez, 30, was taken into custody after officers responded to the school shortly after 9 a.m., according to police. Galvez is suspected of sending the student a photo of his genitalia.

The Orange resident also works as a campus security facilitator, police said.

He was booked on suspicion of harmful matter sent with intent of seduction of a minor and was transferred to Orange County Jail with bail set at $30,000.


No other details were released.

Annette Franco, spokeswoman for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, said Friday morning that “we take all allegations seriously and we act swiftly to report and resolve concerns on our campus.”

“We continue to fully cooperate with the Costa Mesa Police Department in the ongoing investigation,” she said in a statement. “We are working to support students, families and staff with counseling services available to those that may be affected.”

Franco said Galvez has worked for the school since 2017. She declined to comment about his current employment status.


Anyone with information about the case can call police Det. Jake Jacobi at (714) 754-5178.

Lilly Nguyen is a Daily Pilot staff writer.

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This article was originally published at 7:35 a.m. and was later updated with additional comments.