CALIFORNIA’S Rising STARS program is responsible for bringing out some of the biggest names in football.
However, the program made headlines in August 2022 for all the wrong reasons after one of its coaches was arrested.
Who is Chris Flores?
Chris Flores is a well-known youth coach in Southern California.
He is famous for co-founding the STARS Prep Academy with former NFL cornerback Jason David.
Outside of the academy, he is known for his work with high school and collegiate athletes.
When Flores isn’t training, he often posts about his career on Instagram to over 15,000 followers.
Why was Chris Flores arrested?
On August 12, 2022, it was reported that Flores had been arrested for alleged child sex abuse.
According to the New York Post, authorities claimed that the 37-year-old nursed and touched two minors during 2021.
The allegations began just weeks before his indictment, after a voice recording between him and a 14-year-old girl was leaked on social media.
In the audio, sourced exclusively from ABC7, a male voice asked, “Did you delete something?”
The male voice went on to ask the minor out on a date after confirming she had deleted texts.
“What the hell? We can never relax and now you don’t want to go and you’re going straight to school,” the man said.
“So stop being a fool.”
Police later confirmed the voice in the audio is Flores, the New York Post notes.
After his arrest, he was taken to the Orange County Jail, where his bail was set at $500,000.
Shortly thereafter, his attorney, Edward Welbourn, told ESPN that his client denied all allegations against him.
“Chris has been a coach, really a teacher and a mentor to children in the community for many years and all of these allegations that have come out are very shocking to him,” Welbourn said at the time.
“He absolutely denies any kind of inappropriate relationship or contact with any current or former athlete or student he has coached. All he’s been trying to do is help kids and advance them in their lives and careers.”
Is Chris Flores Married?
Since Flores tends to keep his personal life out of the spotlight, details about his love life are unclear.
However, ESPN notes that Levels Sports Group LLC was registered at his home in 2020 with his wife Kristen listed as the only employee.
Details about Flores’ wife are currently unclear.
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