LYNN, MASS. (WHDH) - A 38-year-old man from Saugus was arrested and charged with multiple sex-related crimes that involved students at Lynn Classical High School, according to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.
Oscar Juarez, a women’s junior varsity soccer coach at the school, was arraigned on Monday for alleged acts that included “sending unsolicited pornographic images of himself” to an 18-year-old student and former player.
“He’s also accused of soliciting that student and a juvenile to have a sexual relationship with him,” the DA’s office stated in a news release. “In addition, Juarez is accused of groping another juvenile player.”
Authorities said Juarez, who has a daughter on the soccer team, was arrested and arraigned on Monday, Aug. 7, in Lynn District Court where he pleaded not guilty.
His arrest came after an investigation that involved authorities talking to various members of his team, including one student who told officials that her former coach would leer at players and even told her it was why he wore sunglasses all of the time, in order not to get caught.
Court documents say the school’s varsity coach first caught wind of the scandal in June. In a police report, the coach described seeing a post on Instagram from an incoming freshman that “(Juarez) is not a good man and should not be coaching.” The documents also stated that the varsity coach informed the school’s principal about the investigation.
In a statement released by Lynn Public Schools, officials said:
“Students’ safety, in school and including in LPS sports, is a top concern. The individual in question has been notified that there is to be no contact with any student in the LPS student community. Because there will be a personnel investigation, the Lynn Public Schools cannot share any further details. The District has no further comment in this matter.”
The charges Juarez was arraigned on included indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 and distributing pornographic material, as well as reckless endangerment of a child.
The 38 year old was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail and is due back in court on Sept. 7.
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