Soccer coach arrested for lewdness with child

NORTH LAS VEGAS - A soccer coach in North Las Vegas was arrested for lewdness with a child.

Agustin Ramirez-Rodriguez faces two counts of lewdness with a minor under 16.

North Las Vegas Police started their investigation into Ramirez-Rodriguez when they were informed about alleged inappropriate touching between Ramirez-Rodriguez and a 15-year-old girl on one of his teams.

The incident occurred at a park in the 1900 block of East Tonopah Avenue.  Ramirez was arrested and booked into the Las Vegas City Detention Center.

Guy Hobbs runs the Nevada Youth Soccer Association and quickly heard about the allegation against the 54-year-old suspect.

"As a parent of a young player, I was never away from practice," Hobbs said. "Even if you know them, you know because you're at practice a couple times of week, but do you really know them?"

A lot of kids go every day to the park and it's a close-knit community. Many parents say Ramirez-Rodriguez worked with children at the park for years.

"The best that we can try to do is attract those kids into a more regulated type of environment like that which we try to provide,” Hobbs added.

Hobbs warns parents to stay with their children and be alert.

"Nothing is ever 100 percent bulletproof, but our commitment to the safety of the kids and all respects, well that's the most important thing we do,” Hobbs added.

This is an ongoing investigation and detectives are seeking any other victims.

Anyone with information is urged to call the North Las Vegas Police Department at 702-633-9111 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.


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