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Brooklyn Soccer Coach gets four years for molesting 9-year-old boy

September 25, 2019 Rob Abruzzese
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A 41-year-old from the Bronx who coached a soccer team in Brooklyn was sentenced to four years in prison on Wednesday for molesting one of his 9-year-old players after practice, as well as another boy, his relative, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced.

Pablo Pineda, from Mott Haven, was sentenced to four years in prison plus another five years of post-release supervision by Justice Barry Warhit on Wednesday after Pineda previously pleaded guilty to second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, forcible touching, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and failure to register as a sex offender.

“This defendant’s actions are an upsetting and shocking betrayal of trust,” said Gonzalez. “This defendant molested a boy on his team and his own relative who both had every expectation to believe they would be safe with him. I remain steadfast in my commitment to bringing sexual predators who target our children to justice.”

Prosecutors claimed that between July 1, 2017 and April 27, 2018, Pineda molested a boy on the soccer team he coached multiple times, starting when the child was 9 years old. The incidents took place at Friends Field which is located on East Fourth Street near Avenue L in Midwood.

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The coach was accused of molesting the child and showing him pornography in the park bathroom after practice.

The victim’s mother filed a police report after she found text messages from an unknown number asking the victim to the movies and warned him not to tell his mother. Pineda was arrested the following day.

Investigators later discovered inappropriate messages on the defendant’s phone that indicated he had also molested a teenage relative between May and June 2018. He had also failed to register as a sex offender following a 2005 conviction for child sexual abuse in Texas.

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