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Ponderosa High School Coach Accused of Having Sex with Students

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EL DORADO COUNTY —

A water polo coach at Ponderosa High School was arrested on suspicion of having sexual relationships with two students.

The school’s resource officer learned that water polo coach Shane O’Rourke was possibly involved in an inappropriate relationship with a student.

The resource officer and detectives with the El Dorado Sheriff’s Office began an investigation. Detectives said Rourke allegedly had inappropriate relations with two students, including a sexual relationship.

O’Rourke is 22 years old and a resident of El Dorado Hills. He has been the water polo coach at Ponderosa High School for the past two years and a coach at El Dorado High School in 2013.

O’Rourke was booked into the El Dorado County Jail on charges of sex with a minor under the age of 16, contact with the intent of committing sexual acts and possession of child pornography.

Detectives say two female victims have been identified. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said there may be more victims and is asking any other potential victims to call (530) 642-4709 or (530) 642-4711.