[UPDATED W/AYSO Response, Weekly Retraction] Robert Pimentel, Accused Pervert LA Teacher, Heavily Involved in Newport Beach Youth Soccer

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See the end of this post for an update... Note: last name of accused changed throughout.

ORIGINAL POST, JAN 25, 8 A.M.: Coker
brought you the story of Robert Pimentel, a former Los Angeles elementary school teacher and current Newport Beach resident accused of molesting multiple students and one that district officials canned after the heat became too hot. Today, we bring you the rest of the story: Pimentel was heavily involved in youth soccer in the Newport Beach area, under the auspices of the American Youth Soccer Organization.

Documents obtained by the Weekly show that a "Bob Pimentel" served as a referee administrator in the under-8/under-10 league for AYSO Region 97, which encompasses Newport Beach, in the fall of 2009, and was the director of fields as recently as spring of last year, which is around the same time Pimentel was canned from his job. He's no longer listed on the AYSO Region 97 website.

Inquiries to AYSO Region 97 officials by Amy Senk of the fine blog Corona del Mar Today were met with terse responses to contact national AYSO headquarters; those questions have yet to be answered.

"It's highly unlikely he just molested at school," says famed Newport Beach sex-abuse attorney John Manly. "Newport AYSO needs to contact every parent whose kid got in contact with him right now, and the Newport Beach Police Department should instigate an investigation immediately. If LAUSD officials knew about Pimentel in the past, they're going to have liability for any kid he might have molested in Newport Beach. It's highly disturbing."

UPDATE, 11:50 a.m.: Just got off the phone with an AYSO official, who says that the organization has never received any complaints about Pimentel and children. Statement forthcoming found over here. An AYSO spokesperson also told the Weekly "He was a volunteer for seven years but not a coach for seven years.  He has been a volunteer ref since 2005 and a coach for about 1 year."

Also, a mistake: Earlier, this post had a picture of a man sources identified as Pimentel. The man in question was not Pimentel. The Weekly apologizes for and regrets the error.

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The picture is of the wrong dude,  HMMMMMM.....Makes you wonder.  Can the press and even prosecutors make mistakes?

The case against Pimentel was scary,  because he was never alone with the kids and allegedly did the abuse in front of everybody.

I guess a pedo could get his jollies with touching in public,  and if he put his hands like the kids testimony said that was the case here.

HOWEVER,  this case always made me uncomfortable because he was never alone with the kids and we live in a litigious, hypersensitive  world,  where it is possible that parents could coax a story out of kids with an eye on suing for big money.  I'M NOT SAYING thats what happened in this case,  I don't know,   but you have to wonder.  Put it this way,  I wasn't surprised there were no soccer complaints because the case just "felt" weak to begin with.


Laker, This has always been a slipshod newspaper. I am only here because this link was drawn to my attention. Bad news spreads like wildfire and I hope the guy in the pictures decides to make an example of Gustavo and the Weekly.


The 2nd photo isn't Pimental.  What kind of reporting is this?? 


Irresponsible reporting from the OC Weekly, AS USUAL.

  The man pictured here isn't even the accused person and now you drag him into it. I hope he sues the shit out of you! What a sham of an outfit the Weekly is. Throwing crap at the wall and seeing what sticks is not 'Reporting'; but what do you care as long as some reads your garbage tabloid.


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