Former Moreno Valley HS Football Coach Accused of Sex Crimes Against Minors

The man is accused of soliciting juveniles "in an inappropriate manner" outside of school grounds

By Christina Cocca
|  Saturday, Feb 1, 2014  |  Updated 9:48 PM PDT
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Former Moreno Valley HS Coach Accused of Sex Crimes

Riverside County Sheriff's Department

Manuel Eliud Leyva, 19, is accused of soliciting several juveniles in "an inappropriate manner" during the 2012 and 2013 school year when he was employed by the Moreno Valley School District, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said Friday, Jan. 31.

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A former Moreno Valley high school assistant football coach was arrested Friday for allegedly soliciting minors for sex within the last two school years, and authorities were seeking potential victims, officials said.

Manuel Eliud Leyva, 19, of Moreno Valley, is accused of soliciting several juveniles in "an inappropriate manner" during the 2012 and 2013 school year when he was employed by the Moreno Valley School District, according to a news release by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

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A Moreno Valley school administrator learned that a male assistant football coach had solicited the minors via social media, and the administrator notified police, officials said.

An investigation revealed that the coach in question was no longer working for the district and that the alleged sex crimes did not happen on school district property, according to the release.

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Leyva turned himself in to investigators Friday and was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. He was booked in connection with charges of multiple felony sex crimes, solicitation of a minor and possessing child pornography, sheriff's officials said.

Authorities were searching for victims and asked anyone with information to call Riverside Sheriff's Investigator James Merrill at the Moreno Valley Station 951-486-6700.

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