Authorities are reaching out to the public for possible victims of John Tran Nguyen, a 21-year-old former high school basketball coach who is facing criminal counts for allegedly having been involved in an ongoing sexual relationship with a female student since she was 14. Currently out on $20,000 bail, the Fountain Valley resident could get three years in state prison if he is convicted of one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse and one
misdemeanor count of domestic violence battery.
Nguyen, who was a contract assistant
girls' basketball coach at Los Amigos High School in Fountain Valley, is accused of meeting and dating the girl during the 2010-2011 season. He had unlawful sex with her in his vehicle in December 2010, and they had an ongoing sexual relationship thereafter, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.
The end came in January of this year, when Nguyen allegedly slapped the girl in his vehicle that was parked outside a convenience store before school hours. She later told officials at Los Amigos High what happened, and the Fountain Valley Police Department was notified. Following an investigation, Nguyen was arrested on Jan. 20. He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 23 in Westminster.
In the meantime, law enforcement wants to determine if Nguyen had unlawful sex or acted criminally inappropriate with others. If that's you or someone you know, contact Fountain Valley Police Det. Jesse Hughes at 714.593.4480
or Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at 714.347.8794.
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