Former counselor enters plea in teen-sex case

A former San Mateo County probation department counselor allegedly caught having sex with a 15-year-old former juvenile-hall inmate pleaded not guilty to statutory rape charges Wednesday.

Carlos Alberto Ordonez, 24, was a youth services staff member at Margaret J. Kemp Girls Camp at Hillcrest Juvenile Hall in San Mateo until the Feb. 23 incident, in which South San Francisco police caught Ordonez and the girl in his car while parked at Oyster Point.

The girl was on house arrest at the time and was wearing a monitoring bracelet on her ankle. The two allegedly were drinking alcohol in the car as well as engaging in sex, according to prosecutors.

Ordonez is charged with one felony count and two misdemeanor counts stemming from the incident and faces a maximum of four years in prison, according to Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti. Guidotti added that the severity of the charges is heavier because Ordonez was a county employee at the time.

On Wednesday, a judge scheduled a jury trial for Nov. 19. Ordonez is free from custody after posting $35,000 bail. Ordonez’s attorney, Ramin Mozaffar, did not return calls for comment.

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