LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A former coach at a high school in North Las Vegas is accused of sexual assault against a woman who was a student at the time, police said.
Investigators from the North Las Vegas Police Department arrested Rene Ruiz, 25, on Tuesday after officers received a report of a sexual assault. Police said the victim was a student at Mojave High School in North Las Vegas at the time of the alleged assault.
According to an arrest report, on Saturday, May 13, the victim and three of her friends had gone to Ruiz’s house. She told police that this was the third time she had been to the wrestling coach’s house and that Ruiz’s fiance was upstairs asleep during the incident.
The report did not say why the four went to Ruiz’s house on May 13.
The victim told detectives that the group had been drinking beers and different alcoholic shots throughout the night, as well as smoking a THC vape pen.
According to the report, one of the teenagers went home, but the other three, including the victim, stayed at Ruiz’s house. The victim told police that one of her friends fell asleep on the couch while the other fell asleep in the bathtub.
The report stated that while everyone else was asleep, the victim and Ruiz were wrestling on the living room floor when he put her in a “chicken wing” and held her hand to his genitals.
According to the report, Ruiz then went into the kitchen and began masturbating, which the victim could see from the living room. She told police that she “ignored what he was doing.”
The report stated that Ruiz and the victim went into the garage so Ruiz could show her some exercise weights that he told her he had stolen. The victim told police that as they reentered the house, Ruiz pushed her up against a corner and sexually assaulted her.
She told police that when she “turned her head away,” Ruiz “acted irritated and walked away from her,” the report stated.
According to the report, Ruiz went upstairs to check on someone while the victim went back downstairs. She told police that when Ruiz returned downstairs, the two began to wrestle again.
The report stated that Ruiz tried to pull her shorts down three times and each time the victim told him to stop. She said he asked her to “give him head” and that he would “make her feel really good.”
According to the report, at this time one of the other teens came downstairs and saw them, but Ruiz told him to go back upstairs and go to sleep.
The victim told police that she went to the backyard and started puking, and when she stopped Ruiz was in front of her masturbating again. He told her to look at it, and she said, “No, put it away.”
The report stated that Ruiz then walked away and “passed out on the ground.” The victim told police that she fell asleep outside and in the morning called her roommate to pick her up.
According to the report, the victim had bruising and scuffs on her shoulder and knees. The victim told police that when police spoke to her the first time, she lied because she was too scared. She later heard that he had “done something” to other girls, and decided to speak up.
A Wednesday news release from police said Ruiz was recently let go from his employment at the Clark County School District where he worked as a temporary wrestling coach at Mojave High School.
On Aug. 1, Ruiz went into the North Las Vegas Detective Bureau and was arrested. Ruiz told detectives that he was a wrestling coach and said that some of the kids from the team had been to his house on several occasions. When asked who exactly had been at his house, Ruiz asked for a lawyer.
Ruiz was booked into the North Las Vegas Community Correctional Center and faces charges of sexual assault, lewdness, being a school employee engaging in sexual acts with a pupil 16 years of age or older, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
He is being held without bail. His initial court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 3.
Police ask additional victims to contact the North Las Vegas Police Department at 702-633-9111. Additionally, those with any information on the crime wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or via the organization’s website.
Resources for survivors of sexual assault or abuse can be found at this link.