Santa Clarita Valley Basketball Coach Accused of Molesting 8 Students
Jeremy Haggerty, a basketball coach at various schools in Santa Clarita Valley, was taken into custody and is currently under investigation for allegedly molesting eight minors. He was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and is being held on a $300,000 bail.
In August, detectives from the Special Victims Bureau began investigating a claim by student on a Santa Clarita high school basketball team that was coached by Haggerty. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, as the investigation progressed, detectives identified and interviewed seven more victims—all the victims were coached by Haggerty going as far back as 2008.
Before his arrest, Haggerty was living in Orange County and working at a school there. This made investigators fear there could be more victims. Each victim claims that incidents occurred during one-on-one training sessions with Haggerty.
Under California Penal Code Section 288(A), any person who willfully and lewdly touches the body of a child for the purposes of sexual gratification is subject to up to eight years in prison and required to register as a sex offender.
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