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Former martial arts teacher guilty of molesting 11 of his students

November 5, 2012 |  6:20 pm

Luis PinedaA former martial arts instructor and soccer coach was convicted Monday of sexually assaulting 11 of his students.

Luis Alberto Pineda, 31, was a martial arts instructor in Fullerton and a soccer coach for a youth league between 2005 and 2010, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.

The Anaheim man molested 10 boys and one girl after practices, games or when he took them out to the movies or for dinner, according to prosecutors.

The victims included a 9-year-old girl and two boys, 11 and 14. 

The assaults were reported to the Fullerton Police Department, which alerted the Anaheim Police Department. Pineda was arrested on Aug. 5, 2010.

A jury found Pineda  guilty of 17 felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under 14, two felony counts of sodomy by force, and multiple other sodomy, oral copulation and sexual penetration counts.

He faces a maximum sentence of 255 years in prison, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.


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Photo: Luis Alberto Pineda. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office