‘Rapist teacher’s love note to student, 16, he got pregnant’ revealed amid bid to find ‘predator with multiple victims’

AN alleged love note penned by a teacher accused of impregnating a 16-year-old student and then faking his death to trick her into getting an abortion has been revealed – as the search to find him continues.

Steven Valasquez, a former assistant music teacher at Paramount High School in California, was accused of sexual abuse by a former student in a disturbing lawsuit filed last week.

The accuser, identified only as Sandra, said the abuse took place at Paramount Highschool in the 2004-2005 academic year

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The accuser, identified only as Sandra, said the abuse took place at Paramount Highschool in the 2004-2005 academic year
An image shared with The U.S. Sun purports to show Sandra kissing her former teacher Steven Valasquez in 2004

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An image shared with The U.S. Sun purports to show Sandra kissing her former teacher Steven Valasquez in 2004Credit: Samuel Dordulian
A love note alleged to have been written by Valasquez on the back of the photo is seen above

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A love note alleged to have been written by Valasquez on the back of the photo is seen aboveCredit: Samuel Dordulian

His accuser, identified only as Sandra, alleges that Valasquez, then in his early 20s, groomed and sexually abused her during the 2004-2005 school year.

Sandra, who played clarinet in the school’s band, claims she fell pregnant shortly after the illicit affair began, and accuses Valasquez and another teacher of pressuring her into getting an abortion.

When Sandra stated her intentions to keep the child, Valasquez allegedly faked his own death with the help of another staff member, who then convinced her to go through with the procedure, Sandra’s lawyer Samuel Dordulian claimed to The U.S. Sun.

After aborting her child, Valasquez then apparently miraculously re-emerged, appearing at her bedroom window insisting news of his death had been a misunderstanding, according to Dordulian.

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Valasquez returned to Paramount High very briefly before falling off the grid entirely.

Seeking to find Valasquez so they can serve him with the lawsuit, Dordulian held a press conference last week asking for the public to come forward with any information about where he may be.

Shared during the symposium was a letter Dourdulian and Sandra claim was penned by Valasquez on the back of a photograph that purports to show the pair kissing.

“Baby, I love you! And I hope you’re still happy being with me ….” reads the note, signed by “Steven”.

During the press conference, and during a separate interview with The U.S. Sun, Dourdulian also said his team is looking into whether there were any other victims of sexual abuse at the same time Sandra was allegedly abused.

“We just talked with a witness who said there were a lot of rumors at the time that sex would regularly occur in the bandroom,” said Dourdulian.

“There could be a lot more [victims] which is also why we asked the public if you have any information, if you’re a victim, then we’d love to speak with you.”

This was literally ripped out of the pages of a Dateline episode or 20/20, with the talk of the death, then coming back to life … this case really tugged on my heartstrings.

Samuel DordulianSandra’s attorney

The Paramount Unified School District has been contacted for comment about the allegations made in the lawsuit but has not yet responded.

Valesquez’s whereabouts remain unknown and he could not be reached for this story. He has not been accused of any wrongdoing by any students other than Sandra at this time.

But citing 25 years experience of working child sexual assault cases, Dourdulian said cases such as the one alleged by Sandra are rarely a “one-off.”

“One thing that I have seen is usually when you have sexual assaults of a sexual predator, especially involving minors, it’s rarely the case where it’s a one-off,” he alleged.

“It’s usually the case where it’s multiple people.”

DISTURBING CLAIMS

Sandra’s disturbing allegations against Valasquez were first revealed late last week shortly after her lawsuit was filed against the Paramount Unified School District.

Within the suit, Sandra claims her relationship with Valasques was “open and obvious” and was known to “Velasquez’s supervisors as well as numerous staff, faculty, and administrators of the school.”

“Regardless of the obvious nature of the inappropriate relationship, Velasquez was allowed to continue being a teaching assistant [and be] around high school females,” reads the lawsuit.

“No one from the school reported the inappropriate behavior to the Plaintiff’s parents or to law enforcement.”

Sandra also accuses the then-director of the school’s band of forcing her into getting an abortion after helping to perpetuate Valasquez’s lie that he’d died.

The U.S. Sun has reached out to the band director for comment on the claims but has not heard back.

Throughout the course of his career, Dordulian said he has never come across a story like Sandra’s before, likening it to the plot of a true crime show.

“This was literally ripped out of the pages of a Dateline episode or 20/20, with the talk of the death, then coming back to life, and all the violations of trust and the breaking down of this poor 16-year-old girl,” he said.

“Sandra never recovered after her abortion and she was never the same again.

“This case really tugged on my heartstrings,” added Dordulian.

“I remember meeting Sandra for the first time and hearing her story made me burst into tears.”

‘UNCHECKED ABUSE’

Sandra joined Paramount High School as a 15-year-old and played the clarinet in the school’s band.

Valasquez was brought in as an assistant that same year by the band’s director to primarily work with percussion instrumentalists, Dordulian says.

Though Valasquez’s specialty had nothing to do with Sandra’s area of interest, the lawsuit claims Valasquez took a shine to the young girl and started flirting with her and giving her special attention both in and outside of class.

After a brief period of alleged grooming, Sandra engaged in sexual activity with Valasquez, the suit states.

Troublingly, Dordulian claims that Valasquez made little effort to conceal his relationship with the minor and would regularly be seen picking Sandra up from school on his motorcycle.

The sordid affair was “open and obvious”, the suit alleges, and was known to “Velasquez’s supervisors as well as numerous staff, faculty, and administrators of the school.”

Assistant band director Steven Velasquez is accused of sexually abusing Sandra and then faking his own death to convince her to have an abortion

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Assistant band director Steven Velasquez is accused of sexually abusing Sandra and then faking his own death to convince her to have an abortionCredit: Samuel Dordulian
Sandra is seen speaking at a press conference last week when the suit was first filed. Pictured far right is Dordulian

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Sandra is seen speaking at a press conference last week when the suit was first filed. Pictured far right is DordulianCredit: Samuel Dordulian
Sandra was a member of Paramount High's school band

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Sandra was a member of Paramount High’s school bandCredit: Samuel Dordulian

“Regardless of the obvious nature of the inappropriate relationship, Velasquez was allowed to continue being a teaching assistant [and be] around high school females,” reads the lawsuit.

“No one from the School reported the inappropriate behavior to the Plaintiff’s parents or to law enforcement.”

Dordulian claimed to The U.S. Sun that Valasquez would often pick Sandra up from school on his motorcycle in plain view of other teachers and students, and then allegedly drive her somewhere to have sex.

None of the alleged abuse involving Sandra took place on school grounds, added Dordulian, however, he and his team are investigating whether there were any other potential victims during Valasquez’s tenure at Paramount High.

‘TERRIFIED’ BY PREGNANCY

Shortly after the alleged sexual abuse began, Sandra fell pregnant.

Though apparently terrified at the prospect of becoming a mother at such a young age, and too afraid to tell her parents she was expecting, Sandra claims she had every intention of keeping the baby.

Dordulian said his client thought she would be able to hide evidence of her pregnancy for as long as possible, but when her stomach started to grow she realized that wouldn’t be possible.

The only person she confided in initially was a close male classmate before she then reportedly informed Valasquez and the director of the school band, who The U.S. Sun is not naming at this time.

“When Sandra went to tell [the director] about her relationship with Valasquez, he made a point to tell her, ‘just make sure you don’t give me a name because if you do that, I’m gonna have to report it’, clearly indicating he knew it involved someone associated with the band” claimed Dordulian, citing Sandra’s recollection of events.

“So during her first conversation with [the director] she didn’t give his name, but in subsequent conversations, she eventually opened up to him and told him it was Steven.”

When Sandra informed Valasquez she was pregnant with his child, he allegedly reacted angrily, reportedly telling her that having the baby could spell the end of his burgeoning music career, Dourdulian claims.

“But she made it clear to both of them that she wanted to have this baby,” Dordulian said of Sandra, “Despite the attempts to try to suggest to her that that wouldn’t be a good idea in her life at her age.”

FAKE DEATH RUSE

A few weeks or months would pass after Sandra let her intentions be known before she received a strange call from Steven’s cell phone number.

On the other end of the line was a woman whose voice she didn’t recognize, who said she was calling to share some terrible news: “Steven has died.”

Spinning an odd tale that the 20-something’s heart had given out during an unspecified emergency procedure, the woman also blamed Sandra for his death, telling her “this is all your fault”, according to Dordulian.

Dordulian said Sandra was left devastated by the shocking news.

She turned to her band director for advice, he claims, and the teacher once again hammered home how the best thing for her to do would be to get an abortion as soon as possible.

A list of drugs Sandra was prescribed after her abortion in 2005 is seen above

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A list of drugs Sandra was prescribed after her abortion in 2005 is seen aboveCredit: Samuel Dordulian

“Sandra was pretty much convinced to go ahead and do that based on the fact that Stephen was dead and wouldn’t be around for child support and raise this child their child,” Dordulian said.

“When the baby started showing, clearly questions were going to be asked about her pregnancy and who the father was, [and] that’s right when Steven ended up ‘dying’.

“Sandra will tell you that she thought Steven loved her and she loved Steven, so she wanted to have his baby but with him gone, she listened to [the director] and she had the abortion.

“And that abortion is still something that’s ingrained in her memory,” he added.

“It was an incredibly traumatic experience that she still breaks down crying about almost 20 years later.”

‘TRAUMATIZED’ BY ABORTION

According to the lawsuit, Sandra terminated her pregnancy at around five months while still grieving the death of Valasquez.

Dordulian provided The U.S. Sun with an image of envelopes of the prescribed pills she took after her abortion in 2005 and a photo from 2004 that she says shows her and Velasquez kissing.

The attorney said his client is still completely traumatized by the abortion and can recall each stage of the procedure in excruciating detail.

“She remembers with fine particularity exactly what the doctors did,” he said, “and calls getting the abortion one of the biggest regrets she’s ever had in her life.

“Because she was five months pregnant, the baby was pretty well developed.

“Sandra says she can remember the second the doctors injected into the baby’s heart to kill it and she breaks down every time she thinks about that abortion.

“She has nightmares every single day, practically.

“Sandra was never the same after that.”

REMARKABLE ‘RESURRECTION’

Within days of her abortion, news of Valasquez’s apparent death was revealed to be a cruel ruse, according to Dordulian.

Sandra had been sleeping at home when she heard a knock at her window. She sat up in bed and peered through the glass to see Valasquez standing outside.

Sandra is still traumatized by the alleged abuse 18 years on

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Sandra is still traumatized by the alleged abuse 18 years on
Paramount High School is pictured above

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Paramount High School is pictured aboveCredit: Google

“Sandra told me at that moment she literally thought she’d seen a ghost or that she was dreaming, but it was really him,” Dordulian said.

“He conveniently came back from the dead right after she had the abortion, so it’s clear to me that this was planned and organized to get rid of the baby – the only conclusive evidence of Valasquez abusing Sandra,” alleged the attorney.

“The baby would have ultimately proven that without any issues, obviously, and they got rid of it.

“It was [the director’s] first year at the school, and I don’t know if he was looking at self-preservation to keep his job or what he was thinking, but he was integral and making sure that she got this abortion which she did and ultimately to this day regrets – and that’s what primarily the case is about.

“When Steven spoke to her he pretty much played off the whole death thing, telling her she’d either misunderstood or had heard wrong,” Dordulian added.

“Other students that had been told about his death later saw Steven and confront him, saying ‘Hey, we thought you were dead?’ and he just laughed it off.

“And then he disappeared again not long after.

“We don’t know where he is now.”

QUEST FOR JUSTICE

Dordulian is asking for members of the public and former bandmates of Sandra’s to come forward with any information about Valasquez or the alleged abuse.

Sandra decided to come forward with her story almost 20 years later pursuant to AB218 – legislation passed in California in 2020 that increased the length of time alleged victims of child sex abuse have to file a lawsuit.

Seeking unspecified damages from the school district, Sandra’s primary motivation for filing the suit is to protect other children from enduring similar alleged abuses, according to Dordulian.

“Sandra has had a difficult time feeling normal even now,” he said.

“She has a recurring nightmare about losing a child and missing a child, and that abortion is something that has deeply impacted her life.

“Every time there’s the trigger, whether it’s some sort of memory or whether it’s a show about abortion, it sends her into depression.

“She’s always struggled with depression and anxiety as a result.”

Dordulian added: “But for her, since she struggled in silence, Sandra was hoping that her experience would be something that another child, if they were experiencing something similar, would be an inspiration for them to speak up.

“Because her thing is if someone spoke up, or an appropriate adult there to intervene, she would have had this baby and that baby would be with us today.

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“She says every day she wonders what that child would’ve been like and where they’d be in life now.

“She makes to make sure no other child is put in the position she was.”

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