Former Dana Hills H.S. Teacher, Baseball Coach Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Child Pornography, Sexually Assaulting Young Teen

Ezequiel Christopher Barragan is shown in a booking photo. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

Ezequiel Christopher Barragan is shown in a booking photo. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

A former high school teacher and baseball coach was sentenced on Thursday to five years in state prison after pleading guilty to child pornography and sexual assault charges, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

Ezequiel Christopher Barragan, 50, of Aliso Viejo pleaded guilty to four felony counts of performing lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, three felony counts of lewd acts on a child between the ages of 14 and 15, and one felony count of possession of child pornography.

Barragan was a Spanish teacher at Dana Hills High School in Dana Point and a youth baseball coach at the time the crimes occurred.

He was also a volunteer with Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Children in Orange County, where he was in contact with child and teen victims of abuse and neglect. It was during Barragan’s┬átime as a CASA volunteer that he first encountered the victim, officials said.

Between August 2012 and February 2015, Barragan sexually assaulted the teen, identified as John Doe, who was between the ages of 13 and 15, according to prosecutors. The boy was not a student at Dana Hills High School.

Barragan possessed child pornography for two months in 2015, including nude images depicting boys between the ages of 12 and 16, police said.

Barragan’s crimes were first discovered by a U.S. Postal Inspection Service agent. The agent contacted the Orange County Child Exploitation Task Force, who investigated this case.

Barragan must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, in addition to his prison sentence.