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Police Identify 3 More Soccer Coach Abuse Victims; But Some Still Afraid

Police Say Majority of Children Coached On Soccer Team Are Hispanic



    Garland police say they have identified three more boys who fell victim to Bernardo Mondragon-Guzmon. He is already behind bars accused of sexually abusing a 10 year-old player. (Published Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012)

    New details are emerging about a former Garland Soccer Association Coach at the center of a child abuse investigation.

    Police have now identified three more possible victims who've come forward, but investigators are concerned more victims are afraid to talk because of their immigration status.

    Bernardo Mondragon-Guzmon is behind bars accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old player several times, but police still think more are out there.

    Investigators said the majority of the children Mondragon-Guzman coached were Hispanic.

    "Our concern is, and some of the rumors that we've heard, is that some of parents are reluctant to come forward because of their possible immigration status," said Officer Joe Harn with the Garland Police Department.

    The department gives its word that regardless of status, investigators want to help the victims.

    "We're not concerned about that, we're concerned about the kids, the kids' safety, make sure they get help and if there are any additional charges that we need to charge this coach with," said Harn.

    Right now, Mondragon-Guzman is charged with a first degree felony of Continuous Sex Abuse of a Child, but that charge could get worse as the investigation continues.

    Parents concerned about possible abuse are urged to call  the Garland Police Department at 972-485-4840.