West Campus HS coach arrested for having sexual contact with student bonds out, records show

Alejandro Ramiro Pena, 32, charged with improper relationship between educator and student

SAN ANTONIO – A coach at West Campus High School has bonded out of jail after he was arrested for inappropriate sexual contact with a teenage student, according to police records.

Alejandro Ramiro Pena was taken into custody and booked Saturday for the charge of improper relationship between educator and student, a second-degree felony, records with the Bexar County Jail show. His bond was set at $40,000.

The suspect bonded out of jail and has a no contact order with the victim.

The father of the alleged victim sent KSAT the following statement Saturday:

“We are just glad that he was charged and booked and now his face is out there so that anyone else that has been taken advantage of by him can speak up.”

A source familiar with the criminal case told KSAT on Wednesday of the investigation after information surfaced about the 32-year-old’s inappropriate relationship with the teenager.

An arrest affidavit said Pena was having sexual relations with the student beginning in August 2022 when the student was 16.

An outcry by the victim prompted a criminal investigation that uncovered phone conversations and evidence in Pena’s office, according to the affidavit.

The alleged victim’s father previously sent KSAT the following statement on Wednesday:

“I just want to make sure if anyone else has gone through this at West Campus or any of the other schools he coached at please come forward. This wasn’t his first time doing this. He even set up a fake Instagram account so that messages would only be through there and not on the phone and it was deleted once they sent him home yesterday after contacting my daughter telling her not to say anything. My daughter was 16yrs old the first time it happened now 17yrs old and continued to happen multiple times on campus in his office. He is a teacher and his job is to teach our students not have relations with our children.”

The father stated that the coach had previously worked at two other San Antonio High Schools.

South San Antonio Independent School District officials did not say Wednesday whether the coach was still permitted to be on campus while under investigation and declined to release any details from the criminal investigation earlier this week.

The district later sent KSAT the following statement on Saturday:

“Mr. Pena was immediately put on administrative leave when the investigation began and is no longer an employee of the district. South San Antonio ISD will continue to cooperate with law enforcement to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, families and community.”

About the Authors:

Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined KSAT Investigates in September 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat and on the Six O'Clock News. Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.

Courtney Friedman is a KSAT anchor and reporter. She has an ongoing series called Loving in Fear, confronting Bexar County’s domestic violence epidemic. She's also covered Hurricane Harvey, the shootings in Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe, and tornadoes throughout Texas. She’s a California native and proud Longhorn who loves calling SA home.