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East LA Soccer coach charged with child sex crimes. Investigators seeking possible additional victims

02/22/2012

Detectives from Sheriff's Special Victims Bureau are conducting an investigation involving the alleged sexual molestation of two 14-year old soccer players by their club team coach, Suspect Javier Arrioja.



The case originated when a 14-year old Hispanic male reported to East Los Angeles Sheriff's Station deputies that he had been inappropriately touched by his 48-year old soccer coach. The lewd acts were alleged to have occurred in the suspect's car in Obregon Park in East Los Angeles, and in the coach's home in East Los Angeles during early November 2011.



The Sheriff's Special Victims Bureau investigation resulted in identifying a second 14-year old male Hispanic victim who reported similar lewd acts committed by the suspect in the suspect's car. The second case is still under investigation.



The suspect allegedly touched the victims in an inappropriate manner.



Suspect Arrioja is a coach for the "Missioneros," a private soccer club for boys under age 17. He has coached boys and girls soccer teams in the Los Angeles area for over 15 years.



On February 17, 2012, Special Victims Bureau detectives contacted and arrested the suspect at his home in the 100 block of N. Townsend Ave, East Los Angeles without incident. The suspect was transported and booked at the East Los Angeles Sheriff's Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He is being held on $300,000.00 bail.





On February 22, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office filed 4 felony counts of Lewd Acts with a Minor and 1 felony count of Providing Harmful Matter to a Minor against Suspect Arrioja. (See LACoDA News Release below).



Sheriff's Special Victims Bureau detectives believe it is possible there are additional victims and urge anyone who may have been a victim to contact investigators. If you have any information concerning the suspect please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Special Victims Bureau at 1-877-710-LASD (5273) or specialvictims@lasd.org (Habalamos Espanol). Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call "LA Crime Stoppers" by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org



News Release Special Victims Bureau , Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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Wednesday February 22nd, 2012 :: 06:39 p.m. PST



Sergeant Peter Hahn

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2. News Release Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office

Feb. 22, 2012

Soccer coach charged with child sex crimes



LOS ANGELES A soccer club coach was charged today with almost half a dozen felony counts stemming from allegations that he sexually molested a 15-year-old player, the District Attorney's Office announced.



Deputy District Attorney Jane Creighton of the Sex Crimes Division said Javier Arrioja, 48 (dob 04/20/63), of Los Angeles is charged with four counts of lewd act upon a child age 14 or 15 and one count of sending harmful matter in case No. BA394217.



Arrioja is expected to be arraigned this afternoon in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. His bail is recommended at $100,000.



Arrioja is a coach for the "Missioneros," a private soccer club for boys under age 17.



The charges involve one victim who was allegedly assaulted on four occasions between May and November 2011 at various locations, including the defendant's home and local parks, the prosecutor said.



If convicted as charged, Arrioja faces a maximum sentence of five years, eight months years in state prison.



This case was investigated by the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.



News Release Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office



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