Wrestling Coach at North High School Charged With 10 Counts of Sexual Abuse: Torrance Police

A North High School wrestling coach has been charged 10 counts of sexual abuse after allegedly having unlawful sex with a minor in Torrance.

Matthew Bautista is shown in a booking photo on Oct. 14, 2016. (Credit: Torrance Police Department)

Matthew Bautista is shown in a booking photo on Oct. 14, 2016. (Credit: Torrance Police Department)

Mathew Bautista, 30, will be charged in an amended criminal complaint with the following: three counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, six counts of oral copulation/sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old, and one count of distributing or showing pornography to a minor.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office confirmed the charges Wednesday.

The alleged crimes may go back as far as nine months ago, Torrance Police Sgt. Paul Kranke said. The former walk-on coach was arrested Oct. 14.

Bautista was immediately released from his coaching duties after his arrest, according to Tammy Khan with the Torrance Unified School District.

He was hired as an assistant walk-on coach in August 2012.

Bautista’s arrest came a day after another former wrestling coach in the school district was found guilty of sex crimes against minors.

Thomas Joseph Snider, 48, who coached at Torrance High, was found guilty Oct. 13 of 37 counts of lewd acts and child molesting. He molested more than two dozen teen students.

Bautista’s next court date is scheduled for Dec. 6.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the length of the investigation into Bautista. The post has been updated.