Aragon High Coach Arrested on Suspicion of Sexually Assaulting Student

Joshua Tatro, a water polo/swim coach, was arrested Friday.

A coach at has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault for allegedly touching a female student inappropriately, the San Mateo Police Department announced Friday evening.

Joshua Tatro, 25, was taken into custody without incident Friday following a weeks-long investigation into the incident, San Mateo police said.

Authorities believe Tatro, who has worked as a water polo/swim coach at Aragon High School for the past year, had "inappropriate sexual contact" with a female student.

The student, a juvenile, said that during the past year, Tatro had "touched her inappropriately, according to San Mateo police.

The incident was first reported to school officials, who immediately contacted the San Mateo Police Department.

Tatro, an El Granada resident, was booked into San Mateo County Jail on one count of sexual assault on a minor and one count of lewd acts with a minor.

Anyone with additional information relative to this investigation and/or the suspect (Tatro) is urged to contact Detective Genny Altwer at (650) 522-7670. Those wishing to provide information anonymously may use the contact information below.

  • SMPD Investigations Bureau: 650-522-7650
  • SMPD Secret Witness Hotline: 650-522-7676
  • Anonymous Text to SMPD: 650-262-3473
  • Anonymous E-Mail to SMPD: sanmateo@tipnow.org

Patch will update this story as more details become available.

pacificamom June 02, 2012 at 06:41 PM
I have known Josh for over 10 years, and he is the most respectful person, as well as hard worker. went to school in NY so he can get an education. In HS girls always have crushes on one of their teachers. I feel it is possible this J had one and he turned her down. It's so easy to report a story to a school official they are only doing their job. Now it's up to the Police to investigate the truth. and he will be cleared. Josh we love you... Penninsula Mom
Theresa Goldberg June 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I have known Josh for many years and I agree with the statements above. Josh is very respectful of all people and takes his profession seriously. I worked at the SF Zoo when Josh volunteered there and he was more responsible for the animals and guests of the zoo then kids years older than him. We are on your side Josh!
hmbhsalumnus June 03, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I agree with all the above comments. I know that everyone is just trying to do their jobs in these kinds of situations, but even just the allegation can really ruin someone's life, particularly someone who works with minors. I personally know Josh and he has always taken his jobs seriously and been completely responsible. I can only think that this must have been some kind of misunderstanding, and I fully hope and expect that Mr. Tatro will be cleared. If he or his family are reading this, know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.
Teresa12 June 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Josh would never do something like this! He loves coaching and he takes his job very seriously. This just sounds like some stupid teenage girl's cry for attention! I hope this child realizes that she's ruining lives.
p. rose June 03, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Ditto all of the above. Known Josh all of his life. Not even close, these accusations.


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