Hemet teacher arrested for allegedly molesting former student


HEMET (CNS) – A former welding instructor at Santa Ana College who now teaches at a Hemet continuation high school has been charged with molesting a former student, and investigators put out a call Wednesday for the public’s help in identifying possible additional victims.

George Moreno, who is now employed by the Riverside County Office of Education as a welding instructor at Alessandro High School, was arrested at his workplace Tuesday on a warrant charging him with four felony counts of lewd acts on a child aged 14 or 15, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Moreno, 59, of Cherry Valley, taught welding at Santa Ana College from 2007 to 2018. Students at Middle College High School, which is located on the SAC campus and is part of the Santa Ana Unified School District, were enrolled in his classes during that period, according to police and prosecutors.

The alleged victim came forward to Santa Ana police in August, alleging Moreno had molested her, starting in 2015, when she was 15, prosecutors said. The woman said it happened multiple times on campus over three years, prosecutors said.

Investigators asked anyone with information to call Santa Ana police detective Gerry Corona at 714-245-8343, or email him at Gcorona@santa-ana.org. Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at 855-TIP-OCCS.