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Students React Strongly After Teacher is Accused of Molesting Underage Girl

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Ricardo Aldana, a male teacher at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano, was fired yesterday after being accused of molesting a female student who was 14 or younger at the time. But students aren't reacting well to the news, and today, some showed up to school wearing t-shirts that read "Free Aldana," reports the OC Register.

Aldana taught Spanish and coached boys and girls volleyball at the school. Students are so enamored of the 37-year-old teacher that in addition to making the shirts, they've set up a Facebook page called "Free Aldana," where shirts are being sold, and have been tweeting their support for him with the hashtag #freealdana:

My favorite teacher got arrested for some BS. #freealdana I believe aldana is 100% innocent. he was a former teacher/ friend to all of us and he was the person you could go to for any probelm no matter what it was. I know for a FACT he would have been standing behind us if we were in this situation so we have to stand behind him too. Free Aldana♥

Ricardo Aldana has shown nothing but kindness and caring for his students in a good way. He has always been there to help me when I need it. I couldn't believe for one second that he would do something like this. Everyone cares about Aldana at JSerra and I'm sure if you question anyone else who has had him or knows him they will agree with me. Free Aldana.

Aldana was arrested Wednesday after the girl reportedly told her mother about the alleged molestation.