Luis Alberto Pineda, Youth Soccer and Karate Coach, Guilty of Sex Acts with 10 Boys and a Girl
Luis Alberto Pineda could have 255 years to think about the disgusting things he did to 10 boys and a girl he met through coaching soccer or teaching martial arts in North County.
That's the maximum prison time the Anaheim 31-year-old faces after a jury found him guilty Monday of more than 20 felony counts and three misdemeanors involving sodomy, oral sex, assaults, sexual penetration, lewd acts and attempted sex acts on children.
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After five boys in the North Orange County Youth Soccer Premier League and Moo Yea Do Martial Arts in Fullerton reported Pineda molested them, he was arrested by Anaheim Police investigators on Aug. 5, 2010. Publicity about the bust prompted the other victims to come forward.
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Pineda's dirty deeds happened after practices, games or while taking his players out to movies or dinner. He sodomized and orally copulated a 14-year-old boy outside a Fullerton business while taking him home after karate practice. Pineda forcibly sodomized an 11-year-old boy on the way home from soccer practice. Over a year in December 2007 and 2008, Pineda groped a 9-year-old girl, putting his hand between her legs, down her pants and under her shirt. He fondled and masturbated several of the kids over and under their clothes.
The jury found him guilty of 17 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, two felony counts each of sodomy by force, sodomy of a person under the age of 16, oral copulation of a minor under 16, lewd acts upon a child, one felony count each of oral copulation or sexual penetration with a child 10 years old or younger and attempted lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 and three misdemeanor counts of simple assault and sentencing allegations for substantial sexual conduct with a child and committing lewd acts on multiple victims.
According to an Orange County District Attorney's office statement, Pineda is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 6 in Santa Ana.
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