CHS cafeteria worker pleads not guilty to unlawful sex with a minor

A Claremont High School cafeteria worker accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student appeared in Pomona court for arraignment on Monday and entered a plea of not guilty

Vanessa Antonia Tinoco, 33, has been charged with two felony counts—oral copulation of a person under 18 and unlawful sexual intercourse. She was arrested in the school administration building last month after someone who had become concerned about the interactions between the lunch lady and the male student alerted school authorities.

According to police, the Food Service Assistant had been communicating with the male student for approximately the last year and said she had sex once with the minor in an undisclosed location in the city of Pomona. The felony complaint states the alleged crimes took place on or between August 1, 2014 and October 7, 2014.

Ms. Tinoco remains in custody at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, held on $70,000 bail.

A pre-preliminary hearing date has been set for December 4.

If convicted as charged, she faces a maximum sentence of three years and eight months in state prison.

—Angela Bailey


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