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Community college PR head arrested on suspicion of sex with minors

The employee turned himself in to police after a warrant was issued for his arrest

San Mateo County Community College District's communications head is suspected of engaging in sexual acts with two minors last year, San Jose police said Monday.

Richard Rojo, interim director of public affairs at the district, turned himself in at the San Jose Police Department after an arrest warrant was issued for him, police said.

Richard Rojo. Courtesy San Jose Police Department.

"The San Mateo County Community College District just learned of the charges against Richard Rojo this morning and is disturbed and shocked by this alleged conduct," said district spokesperson Perla A. Rodriguez in an email. "Mr. Rojo has been placed on administrative leave — without pay — and the district will be cooperating in San Jose Police Department's investigation."

Rojo, 52, of Stockton, is suspected of engaging in sexual activity with two girls he met via social media in November 2020. The victims were 14 and 15 at the time, police said.

Rojo immediately posted bail after turning himself in and is due back in court on June 15.

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Police said they are currently looking for any additional victims who may have had contact with Rojo.

Rojo served as College of San Mateo's director of community relations and marketing from 2017 until he took on the districtwide role in February, according to his LinkedIn profile. Before that, he led strategic communications at California State University at Sacramento. He was the director of marketing and communications for the University of California at Davis' Mondavi Center, according to his LinkedIn.

Rojo did not respond to The Almanac's request for comment.

Those with additional information can call SJPD's sexual assault investigations unit it 408-277-4102. Individual tips can be left at 408-947-7867.

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Community college PR head arrested on suspicion of sex with minors

The employee turned himself in to police after a warrant was issued for his arrest

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San Mateo County Community College District's communications head is suspected of engaging in sexual acts with two minors last year, San Jose police said Monday.

Richard Rojo, interim director of public affairs at the district, turned himself in at the San Jose Police Department after an arrest warrant was issued for him, police said.

"The San Mateo County Community College District just learned of the charges against Richard Rojo this morning and is disturbed and shocked by this alleged conduct," said district spokesperson Perla A. Rodriguez in an email. "Mr. Rojo has been placed on administrative leave — without pay — and the district will be cooperating in San Jose Police Department's investigation."

Rojo, 52, of Stockton, is suspected of engaging in sexual activity with two girls he met via social media in November 2020. The victims were 14 and 15 at the time, police said.

Rojo immediately posted bail after turning himself in and is due back in court on June 15.

Police said they are currently looking for any additional victims who may have had contact with Rojo.

Rojo served as College of San Mateo's director of community relations and marketing from 2017 until he took on the districtwide role in February, according to his LinkedIn profile. Before that, he led strategic communications at California State University at Sacramento. He was the director of marketing and communications for the University of California at Davis' Mondavi Center, according to his LinkedIn.

Rojo did not respond to The Almanac's request for comment.

Those with additional information can call SJPD's sexual assault investigations unit it 408-277-4102. Individual tips can be left at 408-947-7867.

Angela Swartz contributed to this story.

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on May 17, 2021 at 11:50 pm
Hmmm, another community
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on May 17, 2021 at 11:50 pm

“Richard Rojo, interim director of public affairs at the district, turned himself in at the San Jose Police Department after an arrest warrant was issued for him, police said.”

Man, he’s sure red in the face! But seriously, here’s hoping there’s a solid case against him if he’s guilty.


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