|For Immediate Release
Case # 09SF0647
December 23, 2009
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
SOCCER COACH CONVICTED OF HAVING UNLAWFUL SEX WITH 16-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PLAYER
NEWPORT BEACH – A soccer coach was convicted today of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old player on two occasions in his car and at the victim’s home. David Christopher Hernandez, 28, Corona, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. He was sentenced to 150 days in jail and three years of formal probation. As a term of his probation, Hernandez is prohibited from working with minors or frequenting schools, parks, or any place where minors congregate. He is also prohibited from having any direct or indirect contact through a third party with the victim.
Hernandez met 16-year-old soccer player Jane Doe while working as a soccer coach for the Mission Viejo Soccer Club. On two occasions between Jan. 1, 2009, and March 31, 2009, Hernandez had unlawful sexual intercourse with the victim in his car and at the victim’s house while her parents were not home.
Jane Doe’s parents learned of the unlawful sexual relationship and reported it to the police after reviewing the victim’s cell phone records and finding numerous phone calls between Hernandez and Jane Doe. In addition to coaching for the Mission Viejo Soccer Club, Hernandez coached private soccer lessons.
Deputy District Attorney Nikki Buracchio of the Sexual Assault Unit prosecuted this case.