YMCA Youth Soccer Coach Charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct With A Minor
Greenville County Sheriff’s Department deputies have arrested a 41-year-old YMCA youth soccer coach for criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the third degree. Eduardo Mendoza is accused of inappropriately touching an athlete while he was working as a soccer coach at the YMCA on Adams Mill Road in Simpsonville.
According to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, the victim is a 14-year-old female. Deputies say that while investigating the allegations, they were able to confirm the allegations of inappropriate conduct. No specific details have been made public.
Mendoza was arrested on Friday, December 7 and transported to the Greenville County Detention Center. He has since been released on a $15,000 bond.
According to investigators, Mendoza as coached up to five youth soccer teams each of the past 8 years. They are concerned that there could be additional victims who have not come forward yet.
Justice For Victims of YMCA Sexual Abuse
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual assault in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked Brian to share some info on the ways the legal system can help survivors of YMCA child sexual abuse find justice:
While the YMCA does a lot of good for our communities, sometimes the volunteers and employees of these facilities turn out to be predators who commit heinous crimes. Like other venues that involve working with kids, the YMCA can attract sexual predators who use their positions of trust and close proximity to kids to commit sexual abuse. These crimes traumatize the victims, their families, and the community at large.
In seeking justice for the victims of these terrible crimes, it’s crucial to arrest and prosecute the offender. In some cases, third parties like the perpetrator’s employer were negligent in a way that failed to prevent the abuse – such as failing to report complaints of sexual misconduct to law enforcement. When negligence is involved in a case of YMCA child sexual abuse, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual abuse and you’d like to explore your family’s legal options, you can learn more by speaking to one of our experienced sexual assault survivors attorneys in a free consultation.
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