Trial reset for ex-Santa Rosa coach accused of sex with student

BROWNSVILLE — A trial has been reset for a former Santa Rosa school district coach accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student.

The case of Isaac Ruben Flores, 24, was set to go to trial yesterday in 445th state District Court.

A new trial date has not been set, Victoria Cisneros, spokeswoman for the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office, said yesterday.

In May, Flores was charged with one count of improper relationship between an educator and student, two counts of sexual assault of a child and four counts of delivery of a controlled substance, or marijuana.

In an affidavit, the 16-year-old girl testified she and Flores had sex twice at his home in November or December 2018 to early 2019.

The girl also testified Flores smoked marijuana with her and three other girls.

In a related case, an Oct. 14 trial is set for former Santa Rosa High School teacher and coach Josue Cepeda, 35.

In May, Cepeda was charged with one count of improper relationship between an educator and student and six counts of sexual assault of a child.

In each of the two cases, bond was set at $525,000.

In February, the District Attorney’s Office launched an investigation after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force received telephone tips regarding allegations Cepeda and Flores were having improper relationships with students, according to Cisneros.

By May, she said, local, state and federal authorities were trying to identify individuals involved in those alleged incidents while investigating whether they were covered up.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, school district officials failed to respond to reports that Cepeda and Flores were allegedly having relationships with students in May 2018.