SANTA CLARA – A former Mission College instructor has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a student with developmental disabilities, authorities said Tuesday.
Santa Clara police identified the suspect as 68-year-old San Jose resident Raymond Ruiz.
In late May, the 25-year-old student’s parents reported that their daughter had been sexually assaulted on several occasions in Santa Clara, police said in a news release. A joint investigation by Santa Clara police and West Valley-Mission College District police culminated in Ruiz’s arrest on July 2.
Police said Ruiz became acquainted with the student while he was working as a contract instructor in her class in the Program for Students with Developmental Disabilities. The program serves adults with developmental disabilities and is operated on the Mission campus under a contract from the San Andreas Regional Center.
The program stopped meeting in person in March due to COVID-19, and Ruiz has not had any access to students since then, said college spokesman Niall Adler in an email.
Adler said Ruiz passed a background check and started working for the district in August 2015.
“With student safety as the utmost concern, Ruiz was quickly removed from his role following a report from the 25-year-old adult student’s parent of alleged inappropriate conduct and was separated from employment with Mission College in June 2020,” Adler said.
Police did not disclose exactly when and where the alleged sexual assaults took place.
Ruiz was booked into Santa Clara County jail on charges of forcible rape, forcible sexual penetration with a foreign object, and lewd and lascivious acts by a caretaker involving a dependent adult, police said.
“Mission College takes these charges very seriously,” said Mission College President Daniel Peck in a statement.
“We are working closely with law enforcement in the ongoing investigation and have moved quickly in our response,” he continued. “This does not reflect the environment that we promote at Mission College.”
Anyone with information about the alleged sexual assaults can contact Santa Clara police Detective Doug Gerbrandt at 408-615-4812.
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Author: Jason Green