For the 11th consecutive time, the sentencing for a Fontana teen who was allegedly involved in a hazing incident has been postponed.
Fernando Salgado, 19, who pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon back in September of 2012 as a result of an incident at Fontana A.B. Miller High School, is due back in court on Feb. 7 for a hearing, San Bernardino County Court records indicate.
According to records, Salgado was accused by two victims of hazing. At first, he pleaded not guilty to attempted sexual assault with a foreign object, a charge which would have required him to register as a sex offender. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charge in exchange for Salgado’s testimony against former teacher Emmanuel De La Rosa, who authorities said was allegedly aware of the incidents and may have even participated.
De La Rosa’s case was moved to Feb. 7 during a pretrial hearing on Jan. 10.
Prosecutors claim that De La Rosa may have authorized the attacks on students to correct a behavioral problem in the masonry class at Miller. De La Rosa has pleaded not guilty to five felonies, including sexual penetration of a child with a foreign object, and failing to report a sexual assault.
Both cases have been dragging on since May of 2012, when the student and teacher were accused of being responsible for one of the city’s worst hazing incidents.
—— IN A SEPARATE COURT CASE, a pre-preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 28 and a preliminary hearing for March 4 in the case of Edward Anthony Morales, who is accused of killing Fontana resident Alejandro Padilla in August of last year.
Morales was arrested and charged with murder, robbery, carjacking, kidnap to commit robbery/rape and arson to property. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Morales is accused of murdering Padilla, whose body was found burned inside his vehicle at a Rialto park. Authorities say Morales was helped by Richard Alexander Gonzalez, who apparently committed suicide while in custody a few days after the incident.
Also arrested in the case was Morales’ brother Victor Anthony Morales, 17, who was charged with accessory for murder. Victor Anthony has pleaded not guilty and remains in custody.
Meanwhile, Alma Rosa Quezada, the mother of both suspects, was also charged with accessory for murder and has also pleaded not guilty. Quezada is out on bail.