Margarito Beltran has been removed as football coach at Whittier La Serna High School, a district spokeswoman confirmed. Assistant Andy George will be his replacement.
La Serna has been a perennial title contender in the CIF's Southeast Division, winning in 2013. He has been coaching the team since 2007. La Serna is scheduled to open its season on Friday.
According to a statement issued by the Whittier Union High School District, "Following allegations of an incident involving physical restraint of a special needs student, a La Serna High School teacher, who is also a member of the school's athletics staff, was placed on paid administrative leave last week pending the outcome of an investigation. However, after violating the terms of his paid leave, the employee has been removed from his coaching position and remains on paid administrative leave from his teaching position."
Beltran could not be reached for comment.