Monday, 12 December 2011

More Details about Sexual Molestation by California Cheerleading Coach Emerge

More information is emerging about the sexual molestation of a 14-year-old boy by a cheerleading coach in San Jose. The coach, Anthony Loza was arrested last week on suspicion of sexual abuse and molestation of a child. Police believe that he had a three-month sexual relationship with the 14-year-old boy, who also happened to be one of his charges. Loza was a coach at Andrew Hill High School and Energy Athletics.

The abuse apparently came to light when the boy's mother found text messages on his cell phone from the cheerleading coach. The text conversations confirmed the mother's worst fears, and she confronted the boy. He admitted that he had kissed his coach, and the mother called the police. After an investigation, both the child as well as the coach admitted to police that they had engaged in sexual relations.

The boy is reported to have been attending either Andrew Hill High School or Energy Athletics. At this point, it does not seem that the coach was involved in abusing any of the other children at these programs, but police are asking any other persons with information about the abuse to contact San Jose police. Loza is currently lodged at the Santa Clara County Jail where he is being held on a $500,000 bail. If bail is posted, he is likely to return to court in January.

Thanks to the media spotlighting of abuse of children by teachers and coaches as well as efforts by Los Angeles sexual abuse lawyers to highlight this serious problem, more parents are now aware now that they can no longer afford to blindly trust teachers, coaches, school employees and other people in positions of authority and trust. The mother in this case was alert enough to go through her child's cell phone and identify the abuse. Parents must be more vigilant and look out for signs of abuse.

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