A badminton coach at San Jose High School is out of a job and facing charges after being arrested over allegations she was dating a 15-year-old boy at the school.
San Jose police say they arrested 21-year-old Loc Nguyen, of San Jose, at the school on Wednesday on suspicion of annoying or molesting a child, both misdemeanors. Police did not reveal additional details about the case, but say Nguyen was taken into custody by a task force established to investigate internet crimes against children.
After her arrest she was booked into Santa Clara County Main Jail.
Nguyen had worked as an assistant badminton coach for about three months, but a school official tells The San Francisco Chronicle that she was let go from her job once school officials learned of the alleged relationship.
“As soon as we found out, we informed the San Jose Police Department and released her from employment,” Stephen McMahon, the school district’s chief business officer, told the newspaper.
The arrest of Nguyen comes after a series of arrests across Santa Clara County involving coaches or trainers accused of molesting or having inappropriate relationships with teens or children.
Last month, a track coach at San Jose’s Mt. Pleasant High School, 21-year-old Enoch Garcia, was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old at the school.
Also last month, Gilroy police arrested 46-year-old Antonio Garcia, a Little League coach and a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, on allegations he had molested a five-year-old child and three others. Police say two of the alleged victims told investigators they were molested as far back as 15 years ago.
And earlier this month, police in Morgan Hill arrested 49-year-old David Wolfsmith, the owner of the Wolf Pak health club, over allegations he molested a girl and others at his facility.