May 18, 2015 — The Los Angeles Times reports that a coach for a Los Angeles Unified School District after-school program has been accused of sexually abusing at least nine young girls.
Ronnie Lee Roman, 42, of San Fernando, has been arrested and charged with nine felony counts of committing lewd acts on a child. If convicted, he faces up to 135 years to life in state prison.
According to the District Attorney’s office, Roman had access to young girls while working as a Youth Services coach for Beyond the Bell, an after-school program in some middle and elementary schools.
He is accused of inappropriately touching at least seven girls at Cahuenga Elementary School in Koreatown between January 2012 and September 2014.
He is also accused of sexually molesting two girls at Vine Elementary School in Hollywood between August 2001 and July 2002.
Police said the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Sexually Exploited Child Unit has been investigating Roman since September, when a female student from Cahuenga Elementary School reported that he had inappropriately touched her on several occasions.
During the investigation, other female students disclosed that Roman had inappropriately touched them, according to the LAPD. The girls were between 7 and 11 years old at the time of the alleged crimes.
The case is still under investigation. The LAPD encourages anyone with information to contact detectives at (213) 486-0580.
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