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Redlands youth football coach arrested on suspicion of sex with 14-year-old

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A Redlands youth football coach was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of having sex with a minor after police caught him in the back seat of a car with a 14-year-old girl, authorities said.

Officers found Jonathan Jeremey Ledesma, 40, of Highland, with the girl in a parked car near Fairway Drive and Country Club Drive around 4 a.m., according to the Redlands Police Department.

During a search of Ledesma’s car and phone, officers found text messages suggesting the two were planning to meet for sex, as well as “evidence of sexual activity,” police said.

“Detectives interviewed the victim, who disclosed that she had had sex with Ledesma on a number of occasions since she was 14,” police said. “All of these sexual acts occurred on various dates over the past two months in the back seat of the suspect’s car while parked in the town of Redlands.”

Ledesma claimed the alleged victim was his girlfriend, police said. It was later determined that he had met the girl when she was 9 years old and a player on his American Youth Soccer Organization soccer team, officials said.

In a statement, the Redlands American Youth Soccer Organization said it was fully cooperating with police but could not comment on the ongoing investigation.

“AYSO has a zero-tolerance policy for suspected acts that may affect the safety of our children, and as such it is our policy to immediately suspend anyone’s participation if such allegations come to light,” the organization said. “The need for constant vigilance is ever present and we will continue our consistent and conscious efforts to protect our children and ensure they enjoy a safe and fun play environment.”

According to inmate records, Ledesma is being held without bail at the San Bernardino County West Valley Detention Center for sexually assaulting a minor. A court date is scheduled for Monday.

Authorities say there could be more victims given Ledesma’s access to minors as a youth coach.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Redlands Police Department at (909) 798-7681, ext. 1.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-03-18/redlands-youth-soccer-coach-arrested-on-suspicion-of-having-sex-with-14-year-old Redlands youth football coach arrested on suspicion of sex with 14-year-old

Dais Johnston

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