Football Coach Accused of Sexually Assaulting Students, At Least One Victim Is Under 14 - NBC Southern California

Football Coach Accused of Sexually Assaulting Students, At Least One Victim Is Under 14

Jaime Jimenez has been a volunteer coach at Franklin High School since 1998, and investigators believe some victims are now adults.

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    Coach Arrested in Sex Case

    A Franklin High School coach faces allegations of sexually assaulting former and current students. Kate Larsen reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015. (Published Saturday, April 18, 2015)

    A volunteer high school football coach is being held on $450,000 bail on suspicion of sexually assaulting current and former students.

    At least one of 46-year-old Jaime Jimenez's alleged victims is under the age of 14, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said. It has not been confirmed if the victims are boys or girls.

    Jimenez has been a volunteer coach at Franklin High School since 1998, and investigators believe there may be victims that are former students who are now adults.

    Students and parents were shocked to discover the trusted coach had been arrested.

    "I think it's pretty frightening because this is a place where im supposed to feel safe, and to think that something like that could occur kind of scares me," student Cesar Velazquez said.

    "I'm hoping the schools going to reach out to the parents as soon as they know more," parent Axel Velazquez said.

    Guillermo Cuordova had received coaching from Jimenez in the past, and he said the school football team were shaken by the arrest.

    "They're shocked, they're really shocked because he's a good guy," Cuordova said. "He helped me get my skills better and just be a better player and was always there for me."

    Jimenez  was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Thursday. He has since been removed from his position on the school's coaching team. It is unclear if he has any legal representation at this time.

    "It's really unfortunate when someone who's in that kind of position as a role model becomes close with the students to gain their trust and then victimizes them," LAPD Officer Jane Kim said.

    A Los Angeles Unified School District spokesman said the organization is cooperating with the police investigation. 

    Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact detectives on (323) 344-5742.