A prominent Orange County youth athletic coach has been arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with a minor.
Chris Flores, 37, was arrested in Bakersfield on Wednesday morning for multiple sexual assaults on a minor, Santa Ana Police said.
Flores, known to locals as Coach Frogg, had been under investigation when allegations of grooming and inappropriate contact with girls emerged last week.
He is known in the California community for his connections to successful current and former NFL and collegiate athletes.
The allegations came from a recording of an alleged phone conversation between him and a girl, ESPN reported.
The male voice in the call reportedly pressured the girl into going to a movie date with him and asked if she was “sure you got rid of everything,” KTLA said.
STARS SOCAL and STARS Prepatory Academy issued a statement Wednesday saying they had cut “all ties” with Flores and were cooperating with an investigation by local officials.
“We all still have many questions and not many answers at this time,” the statement said.
“One thing is certain: we are family; our students, staff and our partners. Families overcome challenges by healing together.”
Flores had denied the sexual assault allegations in a statement released by his attorney, Edward Welbourn.
“Chris has been a coach, truly 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 Wednesday.
“He absolutely denies any kind of inappropriate relationship or contact with any current or former athlete or student that he has coached.
“All he’s been trying to do is help kids and help them advance in their lives and careers.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/5983262/chris-flores-espn-sexual-assault-minor-arrested/ Youth sports coach Chris Flores ARRESTED over ‘sexual assault’ claims after leaked audio and ‘grooming’ allegations