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Ontario Coach Arrested for "Kissing and Touching" 14-Year-Old

The 56-year-old Ontario Christian High School coach was arrested near his home in Corona.

By Sharon Bernstein
|  Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012  |  Updated 6:46 PM PDT
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Earl Wayne Gann, a girls' soccer coach at Ontario Christian High School, has been accused of

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Earl Wayne Gann, a girls' soccer coach at Ontario Christian High School, has been accused of "kissing and touching" a 14-year-old player while the two were alone in a locker room, police say. Jacob Rascon reports from Ontario for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on June 27, 2012.

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A 56-year-old soccer coach was in custody Wednesday for alleged inappropriate sexual conduct in the training room at Ontario Christian High School, police said.

Police said Earl Wayne Gann, who began coaching the girls' junior varsity soccer team last year after coaching soccer for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), “touched and kissed” a 14-year-old girl when they were alone in the training room.

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School Superintendent Ryan Groen said Gann has been suspended and all of the schools' parents have been informed.

Ontario Police Sgt. David McBride said the girl told school administrators about the incident. They in turn notified San Bernardino County Child Protective Services, who informed Ontario police.

“This was definitely an unwanted advance,” McBride said. “It’s got to be devastating.”

Gann was arrested Tuesday without incident during a traffic stop near his home in Corona, police said.

He was charged with two felony counts of lewd acts with a child, and bail was set at $750,000, McBride said.

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