Garland youth soccer coach faces additional sex charges

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on September 24, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 24 at 11:06 PM

GARLAND — A Garland youth soccer coach is now accused of molesting a second child in a scandal that police say could eventually involve dozens of children.

Bernardo Mondragon-Guzman faces two new charges of indecency with a child by contact, a second-degree felony.  On September 12,  Mondragon-Guzman was accused of sexual abuse of a child.

Quoting from a Sept. 13 News 8 report when he was arrested and charged:

The arrest affidavit says Mondragon-Guzman had sex "four or five times" with the child. The boy was able to describe Mondragon-Guzman's bedroom and car interior to investigators, both of which are where the alleged abuse occurred. 

The affidavit says Mondragon-Guzman would tell the boy's mother that he was taking him to the store. The soccer coach would then take the victim to a sofa store, Jack in the Box and then back to his Garland home. 

The victim vividly described the abuse to a detective and acknowledged that he was being questioned "because his coach rapes him."  

Both of the alleged victims are boys between 9 and 10 years old. Investigators fear that the families of additional victims may be afraid to come forward because of their immigration status. 

Garland police Chief Mitch Bates appeared at a news conference late Monday afternoon with community leaders at his side, urging any additional victims to come forward with information.

"We do have a number of other kids that we have information about that we're looking into. We may have additional victims, but we continue to hear from these kids and others that there may be additional victims," Bates said. "This coach has been a coach for a number of years; we don't know how far back this goes."

Chief Bates emphasized that investigators are not interested in immigration status; they are only interested in obtaining additional evidence.

That point was reinforced by Koni Ramos-Kaiwi of the Garland chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens.

"We want people to know and families to know they can come forward; there is no need to be afraid," she said. "Immigration has nothing to do with this. We are all victims. We want them to feel safe and comfortable."

"We care about the children in this community," Chief Bates said. "We want to help."

In startling terms, police said that any boy who was exposed to this coach and was alone with him was likely sexually abused by him. 

Mondragon-Guzman has been coaching for years, and detectives continue to investigate his background. He is being held without bond because he is a Mexican national who is in the country illegally.  

Anyone with further information about Mondragon-Guzman is asked to call Detective Galvan at 972.205.2082.  

E-mail jbetz@wfaa.com

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