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    San Jose youth football coach charged with molesting teen player


    A longtime San Jose youth football coach is facing numerous felony sex crime charges after a teen player disclosed the alleged molestations to a pastor during a church outing.

    Michael Robert Hagan, 28, a former coach with Oak Grove Youth Football, has been charged with seven felonies, including five counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child under 14 or 15, according to a complaint filed March 18 by the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

    “”It’s always disturbing when a person uses a position of trust to take advantage of a minor,”” said Steve Fein, who heads the district attorney’s sex assault prosecution team.

    When asked whether they suspected there could be multiple victims, Fein said: “”It wouldn’t surprise me. The investigation is ongoing.””

    Hagan could face up to seven years in prison if he is convicted of the charges, according to prosecutors. He remains in custody in lieu of $300,000 bail.

    Attorney Richard Weese, who is representing Hagan, said the allegations against his client are just that, allegations. Weese added that his client has no previous criminal record.

    Prosecutors and police said the coach had befriended the boy, whom he had coached for about three years, and then molested him from May to July of last year. The coach also allegedly prompted the teen to text him sexually graphic photographs of himself, investigators said.

    Police were called after the teen, during a recent church-sponsored

    ski trip, talked to a pastor about the incidents.

    Sources close to the investigation said that Hagan, who had been coaching or involved with youth football for 13 years or more, made multiple incriminating admissions to investigators before his arrest on March 16.

    The coach is scheduled to enter a plea on March 30.

    Oak Grove Youth Football league officials said they terminated Hagan upon hearing of his arrest and sent letters to league parents.

    “”He was a very good coach, always making sure everything was running good for the kids,”” said Kathy Robinson, the league’s president. “”There were no signs or warnings of anything with him.””

    Oak Grove Youth Football is part of the national American Youth Football League, having cut its ties with Pop Warner in 2009. In 2009, the league had 618 players and cheerleaders, according to its website. Officials said each coach must undergo a thorough background check.

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