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East L.A. ex-soccer coach convicted of molesting boy on his team

Ex-soccer coach Javier Arrioja convicted of molesting boy on his teamA former soccer coach in East Los Angeles was convicted Thursday of molesting a 14-year-old boy who played on the team he coached.

Jurors deliberated for two hours before finding Javier Arrioja, 49, guilty of four counts of lewd acts upon a child aged 14 and one felony count of sending harmful material.

Arrioja molested the boy four times between May and November 2011 at his home and local parks while coaching the child, said Deputy Dist. Atty Jane Creighton. He also showed a pornographic video to the minor.

Arrioja had been a coach in the area for more than 15 years and met the boy while coaching an under-17 boys team, authorities said.

The case began after the boy told deputies he had been inappropriately touched in Arrioja's car in Obregon Park in East Los Angeles and at the coach's home in the 100 block of North Townsend Avenue.

Arrioja faces a maximum sentence of five years, eight months in state prison when he returns Sept. 25 for sentencing by Superior Court Judge Sam Ohta.

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Photo: Javier Arrioja. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

 
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