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Wednesday, Apr 03 2013 06:52 PM

Former girls' soccer coach found guilty of sex offenses

By BREAKING NEWS BLOG

Mira Monte High School's former girls' varsity soccer coach was found guilty Wednesday of three felony sex charges.

A jury found Saul Noe Lopez guilty of two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and one count of annoying a child under 18 years old, according to the Kern County Superior Court website.

Lopez is scheduled to be sentenced May 1.

Court documents say Lopez, 32, engaged in sex acts with two players on the team.

An investigation began in February 2012 when a liquor store clerk reported a man in a Kern High School District van stopped at the store and bought condoms, police reports filed in court said. The clerk told officers there was a girl who seemed to be about high school age in the front passenger seat of the van.

Police looked at the store's surveillance video and the man driving the van was identified as Lopez, according to the reports.

Under questioning by police, Lopez eventually admitted the girl in the van was a student, the reports said. Lopez said they had planned to have sex but he changed his mind and all they did was kiss.

The girl, 16 at the time, told officers she had sex with Lopez in his bedroom, the reports said. Another student also said Lopez kissed and engaged in sexual activity with her.

Lopez, who had been with Mira Monte since the school opened in 2008, resigned Feb. 24, 2012.

- The Californian

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