O.C. Girls’ Soccer Coach Accused of Lewd Acts With Child; Add’l Victims Sought

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A Laguna Niguel man who coaches Orange County girls’ soccer teams has been arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with a minor, the Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday.


Ronnie Gamez, 27, of Laguna Niguel, was arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with a minor. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff’s Department)

Ronnie Gamez, 27, was accused of having an “inappropriate sexual relationship” from February through March, according to a news release from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators were asking for the public’s help identifying any additional victims.

Gamez came under investigation after the child’s parents found alleged “inappropriate communications” between him and their child, and then contacted law enforcement.

“Gamez’s position as a soccer coach for U11, U13, and U17 girls’ soccer may have provided him access to additional minors who may have been victimized,” the news release stated.

Gamez was arrested Wednesday, according to the release. Online inmate records for Gamez, who was being held on $100,000 bail at the Central Men’s Jail, indicated he was arrested March 21. He was slated to appear in court Friday, according to the online records.

Anyone with information related to victims or the investigation was asked to contact the sheriff’s Special Victims Detail at 714-647-7419, or submit an anonymous tip to OC Crime Stoppers at 855-847-6227 or at occrimestoppers.org.