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Youth Soccer Coach Charged With Child Sex Crimes

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CHESTERFIELD, VA—A former youth soccer coach has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy.

Joseph L. Crespo, 22, of Chesterfield County, has been charged with aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with a child, following his Thursday arrests in Chesterfield County.

Crespo is accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old boy who was a participant in a soccer program at XL Sports World, but police say the crime happened during an event that did not involve the program.

Investigators say Crespo repeatedly sent text messages to the victim that were "off bass and may have been sexual in nature."

The arrest has other coaches shocked.

"Whenever I'm texting my players it's ‘hey remember there's practice' or ‘hey it's cancelled.'" Zach Kampf, a soccer coach told 8News. "I don't need to be texting them every day; there's no need for it, so it's a title strange for me."

Police said Crepso was also a junior varsity soccer coach at Clover Hill High School.

Shawn Smith, spokesman for Chesterfield Schools said Crespo's non-contractual assignment as part of the Clover Hill High School soccer program is complete.

An employee at XL Sports World, previously known as RISE - Richmond Indoor Sports Experience, confirmed to 8News that Crespo worked at the center but is no longer employed at the facility.

Crespo is due back in court at 9 a.m. on August 23.

Stay with 8News for updates.

 

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