Thursday 22 June 2017

Soccer coach accused of sexually abusing eight players

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Stock image Photo: Getty
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A soccer coach has been arrested after allegedly sexually abusing eight of his players aged between 10 and 15.

According to Fox News, Marcos Ramos, an undocumented immigrant living in Texas, is also wanted in his native Guatemala for sexually assaulting children.

He faces three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and five counts of indecency with a child.

Police said Ramos fled Central America and entered the US illegally.

He is facing sexual assault charges in both Houston and Corsicana, where he coached a boy's soccer team.

The soccer coach lived across the street from a middle school and close to the team's practice field. Ramos only coached recreational teams, never for a school.

A woman who lived next door to Ramos who has a 15-year-old son told Fox4 that she took Ramos to the store last Christmas to help him buy gifts for his team.

“It breaks my heart, because that could have been my kid,” she explained.

Fox 4 reported that the group of players that has accused the coach said the abuse happened two years ago.

One of the older kids came forward and persuaded other boys to speak out about Ramos, police said.

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