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Softball coach held in sex assault of 2 underage girls

Abiathor Stephen Mejico October 2011 An Inland Empire softball coach and instructional aide at Pomona High School has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two underage females, one of whom was allegedly drugged before she was attacked, authorities said Tuesday.

Abiathor Stephen Mejico, 48, is accused of forcing one of the teenage girls to have sex with him, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said.

The agency said it learned of the assault after going to Mejico's Rancho Cucamonga home for a disturbance call Sept. 30. During an investigation, a second victim was located and told investigators that she was drugged and assaulted.

Both girls played softball on Mejico's travel team and lived at his home, authorities said.

Mejico was booked Wednesday into the West Valley Detention Center. Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at (909) 477-2800.

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Photo: Abiathor Stephen Mejico. Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

 
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