The Clovis community was shocked to learn of the arrest of two Clovis High School employees last Thursday night, Jan. 8. Matthew Pena, 32 of Clovis and Dwayne Andrews, 30 of Fresno were arrested by Clovis Police on charges of having sexual relations with a minor.
The alleged victim is the same in both cases – a senior who turned 18 in December but was underage when the separate incidents occurred. Both Pena and Andrews are facing charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, oral copulation with a person under the age of 18 and lewd acts with a juvenile.
Pena, who played baseball at University of the Pacific, was employed as a photography teacher and golf coach at Clovis High. Andrews, a substitute teacher and a walk-on assistant football coach, played linebacker for the Fresno State Bulldogs.
The investigation began after Clovis Unified School District alerted Clovis Police to a report by a female student of an inappropriate relationship with a male teacher at Clovis High. Over the course of the investigation on Jan. 8, police validated the report and arrested Pena, who resigned from Clovis Unified.
During the investigation, it was discovered that there was a possibility of a second, previous relationship between the underage student and Andrews, who was served with papers terminating his employment with Clovis Unified while in the Fresno County Jail following his arrest.
Bail for each suspect was set at $65,000. Andrews bailed out on Friday.
Clovis Unified and the Clovis Police Department are continuing to gather information in what is considered an active police investigation.