Youth sports activities coach charged with molesting teen athlete in O.C.

A well known youth sports activities coach was charged Monday with molesting a 15-year-old woman, and investigators are asking for the general public’s assist discovering doable extra victims.

Chris Flores, 37, who goes by the nickname Coach Frogg, pleaded not responsible Monday to 4 felony counts of committing a lewd act on a baby and two counts of sexual penetration by a overseas object. He faces a most sentence of six years and 4 months in state jail if convicted.

Prosecutors allege that Flores molested the woman 4 occasions final 12 months. Flores had coached her at STARS academy, which supplies sports activities efficiency coaching to center faculty athletes.

Flores’ protection legal professional, Katherine Corrigan, mentioned his authorized group is “taking the charges very seriously” and will likely be doing their very own investigation into the allegations.

“We will be vigorously defending him. They are just accusations, and we don’t have any of the evidence yet,” she mentioned.

Police launched an investigation early this month after the woman informed authorities that Flores had sexually assaulted her a number of occasions, together with on the Calvary Chapel Excessive College campus in Santa Ana the place STARS rents house.

{The teenager} gave police a recording of a dialog she mentioned she had with Flores final 12 months, wherein a person requested, “Did you delete anything?” and “Why don’t you want to go on a date?” Detectives suspect Flores was asking the woman to delete textual content messages between them, in keeping with Santa Ana police.

Flores, of Bellflower, was arrested final week in Bakersfield. He’s being held on $500,000 bail on the Theo Lacy jail facility in Orange.

“These athletes were there to train in an effort to excel at their sport, not to be victimized by a pedophile,” Orange County Dist. Atty. Todd Spitzer mentioned in a ready assertion. “What happened to this young girl is horrific and the youth sports community as a whole has been victimized by the actions of a grown man who not only abused his victim but abused that position of trust.”

After Flores was taken into custody, STARS founder Jason David posted a video assertion to the group’s Instagram account, saying he was supporting the Santa Ana police in its investigation. He wrote within the caption that STARS had “severed all ties” with Flores.

Flores reportedly has educated high space expertise equivalent to former St. John Bosco quarterback DJ Uiagalelei and present Los Alamitos star Malachi Nelson.

“I’m sick to my stomach. I’m disgusted. I’m outraged,” David mentioned within the video. “To the young ladies who are speaking up and who are thinking about speaking up, I commend you guys. You guys are brave. I stand with you guys, and I just pray that justice is served.”

Authorities are asking anybody with extra details about Flores or extra potential victims to contact Santa Ana Police Det. Matthew Thomas at Mthomas@santa-ana.org.

Occasions employees author Luca Evans contributed to this report.