September 23, 2023

A former Orange County women basketball coach was sentenced to 150 years to life in jail on Wednesday for sexually assaulting 4 feminine athletes between the ages of 11 and 17 years outdated.

The previous coach, Carlos Francisco Juarez, 48 and from Costa Mesa, primarily coached for membership basketball groups, together with the So Cal Swoosh and O.C. Mustangs. Prosecutors stated he additionally labored at Aliso Niguel, Costa Mesa, Mater Dei and Tustin excessive colleges.

On July 18, a jury discovered Juarez responsible of 21 felony counts, together with 10 counts of lewd acts upon a baby underneath 14. Juarez is accused of teaching every of his 4 victims between 2005 and 2010, the Orange County District Lawyer’s workplace stated in a press release.

Jurors additionally heard proof associated to 2 different alleged victims who testified to bolster the prosecution’s declare of a sample of focusing on, grooming and attacking women.

“This coach was able of belief and authority over these younger women and he took benefit of them. Youth sports activities needs to be a secure setting the place neither mother and father nor athletes ought to have to fret about youngsters being focused by a sexual predator,” stated Orange County District Lawyer Todd Spitzer.

In 2005, one sufferer, who was 11 years outdated on the time, was informed to apply topless throughout a non-public lesson with Juarez at a gymnasium in Tustin. He’s additionally accused of sexually assaulting the sufferer after a apply after which giving her an envelope of cash.