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North High athletic trainer Edwin Rodriguez pleaded not guilty to having sexual contact with several current and former North High students on Feb. 21.

The former North High athletic equipment manager who has been accused of sexual misconduct with at least 10 students will next appear in court in October. 

Edwin Rodriguez, 40, will appear Oct. 24 for a pre-preliminary hearing after Superior Court Judge Michael G. Bush continued his hearing scheduled for Tuesday. 

Rodriguez has been charged with lewd and lascivious acts with minors 14 to 15 years old, exhibiting harmful matter to a minor, annoying a child under 18 and false imprisonment. In total, he faces 11 felony counts and 13 misdemeanor counts.

Ten people have come forward to investigators alleging inappropriate physical contact and other unwanted interaction with Rodriguez, who was hired by the Kern High School District in 2009.

A North High student told an administrator last September they had received sexually explicit messages through social media from Rodriguez. Law enforcement was subsequently contacted and an investigation began. Rodriguez was placed on administrative leave at that time.

Over the course of the investigation, it was determined that Rodriguez had sent explicit messages, including photos and videos, to several juvenile students through Snapchat and that he had inappropriate physical contact with a few of them.

Edwin Rodriguez resigned from his position in May, along with his wife, Josie, according to Erin Briscoe-Clarke, public information officer for the school district.

Josie Rodriguez was a special education instructional assistant and head cheerleading coach. She participated in a camping trip with her husband and students in which students were provided drugs and alcohol, and one student claimed Edwin inappropriately touched her while he thought she was sleeping according to police reports in court documents.

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