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Las Vegas Police Arrest Soccer Coach for Sexual Assault

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Marvin Juarez appears in a Las Vegas courtroom. Marvin Juarez appears in a Las Vegas courtroom.

LAS VEGAS -- A youth soccer coach accused of sexual assault made his initial court appearance Wednesday morning. Marvin Juarez's bail was set at $240,000.

The coach is facing numerous counts of sexual misconduct after a 13-year-old player on his team told his mother about the abuse. 

The details of the arrest report are very graphic. Police believe the abuse has been happening for at least a year. Thirty-five-year-old Marvin Juarez faces five counts of sexual assault with a minor under 16 and three counts of lewdness of a child under 14. If convicted, he could face 10 years to life in prison. Police believe there may be other victims and they want them to come forward.

The report details two separate incidents last week. Thursday, Juarez asked the player's mom if he could take the boy out to eat after practice. Saturday, he asked her if he could take the 13-year-old shopping for soccer gear.

On both occasions, Juarez allegedly took the boy back to his apartment where he asked provocative questions and allegedly assaulted him. 

Juarez coached the Atleticos Club Vegas team, which is made up of 12 to 15-year-olds. Police say they believe he has other victims.

"He did have access and was around many young boys during this time from that age group, so it's our intention to go contact each and every person on that team," said Metro Lt. Dan McGrath. "There's no doubt that this (arrest) prevented future sexual assaults from occurring to other young juveniles."

After the boy gave a statement to police, he pointed out where the coach lived and described details about the apartment and Juarez. The victim was then taken to University Medical Center for a SANE exam, which is basically a head to toe examination typically done on victims of sexual assault or abuse.

Juarez's neighbors say they are disgusted by the details in the police report.

"I think that's wrong. I find it disturbing to say the least," neighbor Cody Donovan said.

Another neighbor, Mario Delan, said he didn't initially believe Juarez would assault a child. Now, she is concerned about children who live in the same area. "We're about to have a small meeting because he was with a little boy over there."

If you or someone you know is a victim, you're asked to contact Metro's Sexual Assault Detail at (702) 828-3421.

Juarez is scheduled to appear in court again on June 19.

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