A Bishop Amat High School teacher and soccer coach has been suspended in connection with a Los Angeles police investigation into an allegation of "inappropriate conduct" with a female student at a school where he previously coached, Archdiocese of Los Angeles officials said.
The San Gabriel Valley school placed Ruben Gonzalez -- head coach of the Bishop Amat girls' soccer team and the state-championship-winning coach at Cerritos College -- on leave after an LAPD detective came to the campus to interview him.
Bishop Amat President Msgnr. Aidan Carroll sent a letter to parents at the school March 30 informing them that Gonzalez would be on leave pending the completion of the LAPD investigation into the allegation at a prior school, "and our school and the Archdiocese are cooperating in that investigation."
LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said Gonzalez was the subject of an investigation involving an allegation of an "inappropriate relationship" between him and a girl he coached at a school three or four years ago. Vernon said the allegation was made by the girl's mother to the Department of Children and Family Services and referred to the LAPD. He said he could not discuss the details. Sources familiar with the police investigation said the girl is now 19 years old.