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Former Irvine soccer coach charged with lewd conduct with teen player

Ian Matthew EbertA youth soccer coach is expected to be in an Orange County court Friday for charges of lewd conduct with a teenage girl, prosecutors said.

Ian Matthew Ebert, 26, has been charged with three felony counts of lewd acts on a child, facing a maximum sentence of four years and four months in state prison and having to register as a lifetime sex offender, according to Orange County prosecutors.

Prosecutors said that between August and December 2012, Ebert -- now a resident of the Santa Clara County town of Los Gatos -- worked as a coach at a private club in Irvine.

Prosecutors said that on three occasions, Ebert is accused of engaging in unlawful lewd acts with a girl between the ages of 14 and 15, with whom he had contact at the club.

The allegations were reported to Irvine police by a school counselor. He was arrested Jan. 17.

Prosecutors said that Ebert also worked as a boys' varsity soccer coach in Irvine Unified School District between 2009 and 2012, and that further investigation is continuing.

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-- Rick Rojas

Photo: Ian Matthew Ebert. Credit: Daily Pilot

 
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