Soccer Coach Who Sought Sex with Player Sentenced

MURRIETA – A former Murrieta Valley High School girls soccer coach who tried to coax a player into having sex with him was sentenced today to three months in jail and three years probation.

Daniel Ryan Kelly, 28, of Temecula pleaded guilty in February to attempted unlawful intercourse with a minor.

Under a plea agreement negotiated between the prosecution and defense, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Albert Wojcik dismissed a felony count of arranging to meet a minor for purposes of illicit activity and a misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a child under 18 years old.

Wojcik imposed the sentence stipulated under the plea deal.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, the defendant was arrested on Jan. 28, 2013, following an investigation into his interactions with a 16-year-old girl.

The youth, identified only as Jane Doe, was a member of the Murrieta Valley High School girls’ junior varsity soccer team. Kelly was a walk-on coach, but did not teach at the school, according to police.

Prosecutors allege that Kelly took an interest in the victim and began communicating with her regularly via phone calls and texting. When the youth confided that she was feeling a lot of stress at home, the defendant told her that one way to alleviate her stress was to have sex, according to a trial brief filed by Deputy District Attorney Julie Baldwin.

”Defendant told Jane Doe that if she wanted to talk about sex with him… to use a ‘code word,’ either ‘Training’ or ‘Workout’ with a capital letter, and he would understand that to mean she was referring to sex,” Baldwin wrote.

Kelly gave the girl a ride to a soccer tournament in Anaheim, and along the way, told her that when he was younger, he dealt with anxiety by engaging in sexual intercourse, according to the brief.

When the defendant persisted in broaching the subject, the victim began to feel ”uncomfortable” and told friends — including an adult — about what was happening, Baldwin said.

She said the information was passed to Murrieta police detectives, who had the victim make a ”pretext” phone call to see if Kelly would make any admissions that could be recorded.

The conversation led to Kelly arranging to rendezvous with the girl outside a Temecula restaurant, with a plan to go from the eatery to an RV, where the defendant could start ”Training” with the teenager, according to the brief.

Detectives arrested Kelly as he waited for the youth.

During an interview with investigators, Kelly ”admitted that he had a lapse of judgment,” the brief states.


Soccer coach pleads guilty to seeking sex with player

MURRIETA – A former Murrieta Valley High School girls soccer coach who tried to coax a player into having sex with him pleaded guilty today to attempted statutory rape.

Daniel Ryan Kelly, 27, of Temecula could face probation and jail time when sentenced May 2 by Riverside County Superior Court Judge Albert Wojcik.

During a pretrial hearing today at the Southwest Justice Center, the defense and prosecution notified Wojcik that a plea deal had been reached in the case. In exchange for his plea to the attempted statutory rape count, the District Attorney’s

Office will drop a felony charge of arranging to meet a minor for the purpose of sex and a misdemeanor charge of annoying a child.

There was no indication of what sentence the judge might impose. Kelly remains free on $25,000 bail.

The defendant was arrested on Jan. 28, 2013, following an investigation into his interactions with a 16-year-old girl.

The youth, identified only as Jane Doe, was a member of the Murrieta Valley High School girls’ junior varsity soccer team. Kelly was a walk-on coach, but did not teach at the school, according to police.

Prosecutors alleged that Kelly took an interest in the teen and began communicating with her regularly via phone and text messaging. When the girl confided that she was feeling a lot of stress at home, the defendant told her that one way to alleviate her stress was to have sex, according to a trial brief filed by Deputy District Attorney Julie Baldwin.

”Defendant told Jane Doe that if she wanted to talk about sex with him … to use a ‘code word,’ either ‘Training’ or ‘Workout’ with a capital letter, and he would understand that to mean she was referring to sex,” Baldwin wrote.

Kelly gave the girl a ride to a soccer tournament in Anaheim and told her that when he was younger, he dealt with anxiety by engaging in sexual intercourse, according to the trial brief.

When the defendant persisted in broaching the subject, the victim began to feel ”uncomfortable” and told friends — including a parent — about what was happening, Baldwin said.

She said the information was passed to Murrieta police detectives, who had the victim make a ”pretext” phone call to see if Kelly would make any admissions that could be recorded.

The conversation led to Kelly arranging to rendezvous with the girl outside a Temecula restaurant, with a plan to go from the eatery to an RV, where Kelly could start ”Training” with the teenager, according to Baldwin.

Detectives arrested Kelly as he waited for the youth on the afternoon of Jan. 28.

During an interview with investigators, Kelly ”admitted that he had a lapse of judgment,” according to the brief.

9 Responses to "Soccer Coach Who Sought Sex with Player Sentenced"

  1. Eric   February 25, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    He should serve some time behind bars and lose his coaching license.

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  2. Wilby   February 26, 2014 at 7:12 am

    He states he had a lapse in judgement. I would argue he is a sexual predator and should serve jail time as well as a registered sex offender. Creeps like this only escalate if not dealt with.

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  3. truth   February 26, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    #freedk

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  4. Disgusting Truth   February 27, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Sex Offenders should have a 1 strike rule! HOW IS IT THAT A GROWN MAN WANT TO HAVE SEX WITH A 16 YEAR OLD GIRL, AND THAT’S OK? THAT’S DISGUSTING INHUMAN AND SHOULD HAVE NOT GOT ANY BAIL AMOUNT WE HAVE TOO MANY OF THESE BA****DS ROAMING THE STREETS AND OUR KIDS ARE THE PREY! SICK OF THESE PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO ROAM FREELY I WISH THE LAW COULD PROTECT THE VICTIMS MORE THAN THESE PIGS SCUM OF THE EARTH!

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  5. Chris   April 24, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    WOW! Doesn’t serve jail time or have to register as a sex offender

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  6. Preston   May 4, 2014 at 7:22 am

    You get the system you vote for and are willing to live under.

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  7. Big O   May 4, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I feel sometimes these girls are looking for a father figure or just being nice and the adult reads the wrong message, it’s the adults responsibility to know better!

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  8. Chris Dodds   June 5, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Can’t believe this crap. Rumor is he has done this with other girls. Doesn’t even have to register as a sex offender. He should be in prison for 15+ years.

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  9. Mike Jones   December 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I used to be in boy scouts with this guy. He always seemed a little off. Can’t believe he does not have to register as a sex offender.

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