A distinguished highschool water polo coach in California was convicted of sexually assaulting 9 teen ladies throughout coaching periods, all whereas their unsuspecting dad and mom sat poolside.
On Wednesday, jury discovered Bahram Hojreh, of Irvine, responsible of twenty-two felony counts after a five-week trial, together with fees of sexual battery, sexual penetration and lewd acts on a toddler. The jury additionally discovered him responsible of straightforward assault in connection to one of many unnamed victims, the Orange County Register studies.
Outstanding Water Polo Coach Discovered Responsible Of twenty-two Felony Counts Following 5-Week Trial
Prosecutors mentioned the 46-year-old “touched their breasts, twisted their nipples, touched their genitals above and beneath their swimsuits and digitally penetrated them underwater throughout teaching periods.”
The disgraced coach reportedly informed the younger ladies that each one of this was essential to “toughen them up for competitors,” based on prosecutors.
The victims ranged in ages from 13 to 17 on the time of the incidents, which occurred between 2012 and 2017.
Hojreh denied the allegations whereas testifying in his personal protection, claiming his former athletes have been a part of a “conspiracy” towards him.
John Barnett, Hojreh’s protection legal professional, even went as far as to accuse the younger ladies of mendacity, the Orange County Register studies.
Poolside Mother and father Had been Completely Unaware As The Sexual Abuse Took Place Simply Ft Away
The coach led the Worldwide Water Polo Membership in Los Alamitos, California, and in addition coached at Kennedy Excessive College in La Palma.
The sexual assaults reportedly came about throughout coaching periods at a pool positioned on the Joint Forces Coaching Base in Los Alamitos.
The victims’ dad and mom, who had attended the coaching periods, have been totally unaware as Hojreh molested their daughters mere ft away.
“My coronary heart breaks for every one in all these victims and for his or her dad and mom who did every thing they may to assist their kids obtain their athletic goals and as an alternative needed to study the painful fact, that their daughters had been molested proper in entrance of them – and there was nothing they may do to guard them,” Orange County District Legal professional Todd Spitzer mentioned.
Spitzer went on to say “fortunately, these courageous ladies had the braveness to talk up concerning the abuse and prevented further ladies from being molested.”
Adorned Water Polo Coach Instantly Taken Into Custody After Wednesday’s Responsible Verdict
The outlet studies that the ladies started confiding in one another concerning the abuse in 2017, nonetheless dad and mom weren’t notified till a 12 months later.
Upon studying of the abuse, the households promptly reported the assaults to police.
Hojreh, who educated over 100 All People and led upwards of ten groups to the nationwide championships, is now banned for all times from collaborating in occasions affiliated with USA Water Polo, based on the Orange County Register.
He had remained out on bail through the trial, however was instantly taken into custody after Wednesday’s responsible verdict.
Hojreh is scheduled to be sentenced on January 12.