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Soccer Coach Suspected of Sending Naughty Text Messages to 11-Year-Old Girl

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A 45-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sending sexually suggestive text messages to an 11-year-old girl. The suspect, Albert David Gutierrez, served as the young girl's coach for her American Youth Soccer Organization team, according to Inside SoCal's Crime Scene Blog.

Police say the text messages from Gutierrez were sent in December, and "were sexual in nature." The girl told her mother about the messages, and the mother confronted Gutierrez, who apologized and said he wouldn't do it again.

However, the girl's mother reported the incident to the Covina Police Department, who launched an investigation. Gutierrez was arrested Wednesday, and was released Thursday morning after posting $500,000 bail.

Authorities fear there may be other victims because of Gutierrez' role as a youth soccer coach, and they are asking that anyone else who has been the victim of inappropriate contact with the man come forward.