A former youth soccer coach in California received a 155-year prison term after being found guilty of assaulting a youngster for six years. On October 19, Jesus Anthony Magana, a resident of Oxnard who worked as a soccer coach for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) from 2013 to 2019, received his punishment.
According to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, the 39-year-old was previously found guilty on several counts of sexual assault and engaging in indecent activities with a young child. The victim’s identity has not been made public.
Fox News reports that on September 7th, Anthony was found guilty of five charges of lewd acts on a kid under the age of 10, four counts of child aggravated sexual assault, and seven counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14.
Judge Derek D. Malan of the Ventura County Superior Court handed down the punishment on Wednesday after a jury convicted Anthony guilty on all counts. To each charge, the defendant entered a not guilty plea. The victim’s parents were ordered by the court to get compensation, and Anthony was prohibited from getting in touch with them “directly or indirectly” in person, by mail, by phone, or in any other way.”
According to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, two additional alleged victims of Anthony gave testimony during the trial. The victim and the two witnesses were then granted a ten-year protective order by the court.
As per the prosecutor’s office, the former coach abused his position to gain access to the child. According to the Ventura County Star, Prosecutor Amber Lee said, “The defendant betrayed a position of trust to gain access to children. The sentence reflects the depravity of his conduct but also the hard work of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in their investigation and the strength of the witnesses.”
The prosecutor added, “I hope this sentence provides some level of closure for the victims and protects our community from future harm by this defendant.”