Orange County

Water Polo Coach Arrested for Unlawful Sex With Minor

The 23-year-old will no longer coach or have contact with students at the high school, according to the Irvine Unified School District.

A 23-year-old "walk-on" men's water polo coach at University High in Irvine was arrested Tuesday for allegedly having sex with a female student at the school, police said.

Coleman Pickell, 23, was arrested at 1:20 p.m. somewhere off campus, according to Irvine police. 

The Irvine Unified School District issued a statement saying that Pickell, effective immediately, "will no longer coach or have contact with students at University High School, or through any Irvine Unified school." 

"IUSD takes these allegations very seriously and will continue to work closely with the Irvine Police Department as it moves forward with the investigation," the statement said.

Pickell will be booked at the Orange County Jail, police said. 

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Irvine police Detective Gavin Hudson at 949-724-7168. 

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