|For Immediate Release
Case # TBA
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
SACRAMENTO CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WHO COACHED VOLLEYBALL CHARGED WITH CHILD ANNOYANCE FOR INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH 17-YEAR-OLD PLAYER BEFORE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IN ORANGE COUNTY
SANTA ANA – A Sacramento Christian high school teacher who coached volleyball has been charged with one misdemeanor count of child annoyance for exposing a 17-year-old female player’s vagina and breasts by moving her clothing while massaging her. The team was in Orange County for a high school volleyball championship game. Minh Anh Nguyen, 36, was charged yesterday, Feb. 1. 2010, and faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail if convicted. Nguyen is expected to be arraigned Feb. 25, 2010, at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. The time and Department are to be determined.
At the time of the incident, Nguyen is accused of being a teacher and girls’ volleyball coach at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento. In December 2009, the defendant is accused of traveling to Orange County with the girls’ varsity volleyball team for a championship game to be played at the University of California, Irvine on Dec. 5, 2009. The team was staying at the Embassy Suites on Dyer Road in Santa Ana.
At approximately 10:20 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2009, the defendant is accused of going to the hotel room of 17-year-old Jane Doe, a varsity player on the volleyball team, under the pretense of giving her an athletic massage. Nguyen is accused of instructing Jane Doe to lie on the floor and kneeling over the victim with his knees behind her head. He is accused of leaning over the victim to rub her hip flexors and striking her forehead with his penis. The defendant and the victim were both clothed.
As Nguyen kneeled over the victim, he is accused of pushing Jane Doe’s sweatpants and underwear down, exposing her vagina. He is accused of then lifting Jane Doe’s bra and exposing her breasts. Nguyen did not touch the victim’s vagina or breasts.
Deputy District Attorney Karyn Stokke is prosecuting this case.