West New York high school coach fired, accused of sending inappropriate messages to students

Ariel Alava, 41, worked at Memorial High School in West New York as a school aide.

News 12 Staff

Jan 11, 2023, 1:33 AM

Updated 550 days ago

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A high school basketball coach has been accused of entering the girls locker room and sending inappropriate messages to female students.
Ariel Alava, 41, worked at Memorial High School in West New York as a school aide. He’s accused of entering a girls locker room following a game in Jersey City in 2022. Two 15-year-old female students and a former 17-year-old female student reported receiving inappropriate messages on social media from Alava. The messages reportedly happened on various dates between August and October 2022.
Alava has since been fired.
"We take safety and security of all of our students as a top priority in this district,” said West New York Superintendent Clara Brito Herrera.
Alava was arrested at his home in West New York and is currently in county jail. He’s facing multiple charges, including attempted invasion of privacy and endangering the welfare of a child.


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