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Southern California youth coach charged with sexual assault of a minor

Chris Flores, 37, a southern California youth coach, faces multiple sexual assault of a minor charges following his arrest by the Santa Ana Police Department. <a href="http://nixle.us/DTCM6">Photo courtesy of Santa Ana police department.</a>
Chris Flores, 37, a southern California youth coach, faces multiple sexual assault of a minor charges following his arrest by the Santa Ana Police Department. Photo courtesy of Santa Ana police department.

Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Southern California youth coach Chris Flores, 37, faces multiple charges of sexual assault of a minor following his arrest in Bakersfield on Thursday, according to Santa Ana police.

Santa Ana police said in a statement that police investigated allegations made by two victims, who said Flores sexually assaulted them. According to police, Flores is a coach with STARS Prep Academy, a training center for student athletes in Orange, California.

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"Santa Ana Police Department Detectives believe there may be additional victims that Flores preyed upon as a coach with access to many children and teenagers," the police statement said.

Santa Ana police detectives first became aware of the allegations last week. A 14-year-old girl told police she was enrolled in the STARS Prep Academy and Flores was her coach. The girl said Flores sexually assaulted her multiple times throughout 2021.

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Police said the victim recorded a conversation she had with Flores last year.

"Flores can be heard asking the victim if she 'deleted everything' and asking her to go on a date with him," the Santa Ana police statement said. "Detectives believe Flores was asking the victim to delete text messages between them."

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Police began investigating Flores when they got a copy of the recording. They learned that a second victim, a 15-year-old girl from Irvine, made similar allegations against Flores to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department earlier this month.

Flores is held on $500,000 bail on multiple counts of sexual assault of a minor, according to Santa Ana police.

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