Aurora soccer coach arrested, accused of having sexual relations with player
AURORA, Colo. — A youth soccer coach has been charged with sexual assault on a child after allegations that he had sexual relations with one of his players.
Marc Anthony Pereira, a 2002 graduate of Rangeview High School in Aurora, is a coach for the Rocky Mountain Soccer Academy, and, according to a press release from the Aurora Police Department, has been coaching with the program “for the past several years.”
Police said Pereira has coached the victim in this case for “the past several years.”
Pereira appears to coach multiple teams for the Academy, which focuses on the instruction of “Brazilian style soccer.” He is currently listed as the head coach of the Academy’s “Black” team, which is the 18th-ranked under-17-age girls soccer team in Colorado, as ranked by GotSoccer.com.
The 28-year-old was arrested on charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, a class 4 felony, and sexual assault, class 1 misdemeanor. He has since bonded out of jail, though that bond amount was not specified by police.
Because of his position coaching children, police said they are considering the fact there may be other victims, “especially in the soccer community.”
Anyone with information on this case or possible new cases related to Pereira are being urged to call Detective Steve Crow with the Aurora Police Department at 303-739-6153.