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Former Amador Rodriguez Boot Camp employee accused of having sexual encounter with minor

John Jacob Mendoza, 26, has been charged with sexual assault and improper relationship between educator and student--both second-degree felonies.(Photo courtesy of the Harlingen Police Department)

A former Amador R. Rodriguez Boot Camp employee has been accused of having a sexual encounter with a minor.

Harlingen police say they found 26-year-old John Jacob Mendoza with a 15-year-old girl in the backseat of a car in the early morning hours of Feb .11, according to a criminal complaint obtained by CBS 4 News. Both Mendoza and the teen were partially clothed at the time, according to the criminal complaint.

The teen told police that Mendoza was her drill instructor at the boot camp and that they were planning to have sex before officers arrived, according to the criminal complaint.

The Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department that oversees the Amador R. Rodriguez Boot Camp, however, tells CBS 4 News that the alleged victim was not a student at the boot camp.

The department went on to say that Mendoza was not on-duty at the time of the incident. Mendoza has since been terminated and was charged with sexual assault and improper relationship between educator and student—both second-degree felonies.

Read the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department's full statement:

The Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department has learned that an employee, while not on duty has been accused of and arrested for Improper Relations with a Minor and Sexual Assault. Due to the serious nature of the allegations, the employee has been terminated effective immediately. Since any accused individual is entitled to a presumption of innocence and in order to protect the identity and the privacy of the alleged victim, we are unable to provide further information at this time other than the alleged incident did not occur in any of our department’s facility(s)/programs and the alleged victim is not under the supervision of the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department. The Department has and intends to continue to cooperate with all law enforcement and oversight agencies.



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