A 25-year-old coach of a youth league team was arrested Wednesday and charged with molesting a young girl for three years, according to Pembroke Pines Police.
The Pembroke Pines man was charged with 11 counts relating to the lewd and lascivious molestation of a child between 12 and 16 by a person over 18.
The alleged molestations began in April 2010, when the girl was 11, and ended in March of this year after the girl’s mother reached out to police. Detectives claim they interviewed the girl and she told them the man was a family acquaintance who molested her.
The man is described by police as a girls’ recreational and/or basketball travel team coach in Broward.
At a court appearance Thursday, the man’s attorney stated he was an insurance salesman who lived at home with his adoptive mother.
A Broward judge noted “a certain strength of the case,” and set bond at $30,000 with conditions that included the man must wear a GPS monitoring device, have no contact with the girl or other females under 18, must not reside with other children and must not leave Broward County.
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