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Former Highland Park high school football coach pleads no contest to sexually assaulting students

Jaime Hernandez | LAPD

Jaime Jimenez | LAPD

HIGHLAND PARK —  A former volunteer football coach at Franklin High pleaded no contest to charges that he sexually assaulted five boys and teens over more than a decade.

Jaime Jimenez, 48, of Los Angeles pleaded no contest last week to two counts each of continuous sexual abuse and lewd act on a child 14 to 15 years old, all felonies, and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery, said the L.A. County District Attorney.

Jimenez, who was arrested in April 2015, had been coaching football  players at the Highland Park school from 1998 up until his arrest.  The school district has been sued for allegedly failing to protect students from Jimenez, who, according to the lawsuit,  bought players gifts, had students come to his house to play computer games and sleep overs.

“The five counts involved five separate male victims between 13 to 16 years old at the time of the assaults, said the district attorney in a press release. “All the incidents occurred between August 2002 and December 2014.”

Reinhold Mueller of the Sex Crimes Division said the incidents did not occur on school grounds.

Jimenez faces more than 36 years in state prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 13, 2017.

 

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