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Glendale High School coach charged with vandalism

October 17, 2002

Gretchen Hoffman

A physical education teacher who helps coach a Glendale High

School baseball team was charged Wednesday with vandalizing an

ex-girlfriend's car and getting a 17-year-old friend to help him.

Hector Menchaca, 24, was charged with felony vandalism and one

misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor,

Deputy Dist. Atty. Robert E. Savitt said.

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The North Hollywood resident allegedly vandalized a former

girlfriend's car several times in August and September.

On one occasion, he enlisted the help of a 17-year-old friend to

slash his ex-girlfriend's tires, and the incident was caught on tape,

prosecutors said. The teenager does not attend Glendale High School.

Savitt would not say whether the teen was male or female. Menchaca

could not be reached for comment.

All of the incidents occurred at Universal Studios, where the

victim works.

Menchaca is a first-year physical education teacher at Glendale

High who helps coach the baseball team, Glendale Unified School

District spokesman Vic Pallos said.

"His status [as a teacher and coach] will be evaluated," Pallos

said. "We have not yet received the information from the district

attorney on the charges that have been filed against him."

Co-principal Mike Livingston said he believed Menchaca coached the

school's freshman baseball team last season but declined to comment

further.

Menchaca is set to be arraigned Dec. 2 in Beverly Hills Superior

Court.

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