Case # 18WF0754

Date: April 4, 2018

LAW ENFORCEMENT SEEKING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF WATER POLO COACH ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING UNDERAGE FEMALE PLAYERS IN LOS ALAMITOS

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Law enforcement is seeking potential additional victims of a water polo coach who was arraigned today for sexually assaulting underage female players during practice sessions in Los Alamitos.

Defendant

Charges

Maximum Sentence

Court Date

Bahram Hojreh, 42, Irvine

Charged on April 2, 2018, with the following counts:

Felony

  • (4) Lewd act upon a child
  • (4) Sexual penetration of a minor with foreign object
  • Lewd act upon a child under 14

Misdemeanor

  • (7) Child annoyance
  • (6) Sexual battery

13 years and four months in state prison, plus 10 years county jail

Pre-trial hearing

June 14, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

Department W-2, West Justice Center, Westminster

 Circumstances of the Case

  • At the time of the crime, Hojreh was employed at the International Water Polo Club in Los Alamitos as a club water polo coach.
  • Between September 2014 and January 2018, the defendant is accused of sexually assaulting seven underage female water polo players during one-on-one coaching sessions, including touching their breasts and genitals, digitally penetrating victims, and coercing them to touch his genital area. Four of the victims were 15 years old or younger.
  • Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 reported the assaults to their parents, who reported the incidents to Child Protective Services (CPS). CPS contacted the Los Alamitos Police Department (LAPD), who investigated this case.
  • LAPD identified five additional victims.

The investigation in this case is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they may have been a victim is encouraged to contact LAPD Detective Delana Lopez at 562-431-2255, ext. 407.

Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney Shiba Etemadian, Sexual Assault Unit

 



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