Moreno Valley: Police arrest 19-year-old former football coach for felony sex crimes

A 19-year-old Moreno Valley resident and former assistant football coach turned himself into police investigators Friday in connection with an investigation they launched into claims he inappropriately solicited several minors.

Manuel Leyva worked as an assistant football coach for Moreno Valley School District from 2012 until 2013 and it was during this time that he allegedly solicited the minors for illegal sexual acts, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s report.

A school administrator contacted a resource officer assigned to Moreno Valley High School and additional officers were called into investigate once it was determined a solicitation occurred, Sheriff’s Sgt. Joel Morales said.

“Investigators worked closely with school district administration concerning this case and determined that 19-year-old Moreno Valley resident, Manuel Leyva, had solicited one or more juveniles for sex,” Morales said in his report.

Leyva turned himself into investigators as they continued to look into his crimes. He was arrested and booked at Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside with his bail set at $1 million.

It’s believed Leyva had other victims who haven’t come forward and anyone with information in regard to Leyva is encouraged to contact Investigator James Merrill at the Moreno Valley Station at 951-486-6700.

One Response to "Moreno Valley: Police arrest 19-year-old former football coach for felony sex crimes"

  1. Mrsyy   February 3, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Oh come on! He is a kid himself. He is barely over age. I could understand if the guy was in his thirties or even late 20’s but be real- this guy is freaking NINETEEN YEARS OF AGE. Let him go! As a former inmate of the Riverside Insanity Asylum- it’s actually not an asylum but a torture chamber/concentration camp- I think they are jailing this kid against all common sense and justice.

    True justice would be that he could have never been in a position to solicit anything. But if he is soliciting- tell the truth- he is soliciting his PEERS. Have you ever seen a so-called "justice system" so corrupt? No wonder they are packed! They keep arresting decent and innocent people!

    Let this kid GO!

    See? These creeps won’t even let me comment. They are such a hitlerian society that the only way I will ever be able to complain is thru suing them for the torture they inflicted on me. Ah well back to my own life- but if I ever get the chance to give this poor kid a positive testimony I swear to God I will! God bless this poor kid and victim being smeared on the internet! I hope Riverside Sheriff implements REAL JUSTICE. May God change this corrupt and ineffective system and bless those who stand up for what is RIGHT!


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