A former Santa Clarita basketball coach pleaded no contest last month to sex crimes involving children. The plea included nine felony counts including lewd acts on a child and sexual battery. As part of the deal, it’s likely that the man will serve nine years in state prison.
Los Angeles Police Department detectives began investigating the man last year after a victim came forward. During the investigation, police located an additional eight victims. According to police, the incidents dated back to 2008 and the victims were between 14 and 17 at the time of the incidents.
Prosecutors say that the man molested the boys at their homes under the guise of delivering physical therapy treatments. The man gained access to the boys through local high school basketball programs. He also worked to gain the trust of the boys’ parents. The man also persuaded the parents to allow him to offer private coaching sessions to improve their game skills.
Investigators have not identified all of the schools where the man worked, but he did formerly coach at West Ranch High School, Canyon High School and Trinity Classical Academy. Prosecutors have said that none of the assaults happened on school grounds.
Los Angeles sex crimes attorney
When you face charges for sexual offenses, your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced sex crimes attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has 35 years of experience in criminal defense.
Sex crimes convictions can have a lifelong impact on you. Most sex offense convictions require lifetime registration on the state’s Sex Offender Registry. This potentially limits where you can live and work. Despite state court rulings to the contrary, many localities still attempt to enforce illegal ordinances that attempt to dictate where you can live and who you can live with.
An experienced, aggressive attorney can help you fight the sexual offense charges against you, and potentially get them reduced or dropped. Many attorneys don’t want to defend people accused of sexual offenses. This results in weak defenses and poor outcomes in court for those accused.
Don’t rely on an inexperienced attorney and don’t assume that there’s nothing you can do to defend yourself. M Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273- 5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County sex crimes case.
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