Charges dismissed against soccer coach accused of molesting teenage boy

CHULA VISTA (CNS) – Charges were dismissed today against a South Bay soccer coach who was accused of molesting a 16-year-old boy over a six-month period.

Luiz Roberto Raymudo, 62, was charged with eight felony counts, including oral copulation and sodomy.

“Based on additional investigation and new information, our office dismissed the charges due to insufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt,” said Steve Walker of the District Attorney's Office.

Deputy Alternate Public Defender Zaki Zehawi praised the District Attorney's Office and in particular Deputy District Attorney Trisha Amador for dismissing the case.

“They did the right thing,” Zehawi said.

Zehawi said the dismissal came after his investigator, Yadira Plaza, interviewed witnesses who knew both the defendant and the alleged victim.

Raymundo still may face immigration issues, Zehawi said.

Raymundo met the alleged victim during informal youth soccer lessons the defendant gave in various South Bay locales, according to Chula Vista police.

According to CVPD Capt. Gary Wedge, Raymundo told the alleged victim he had connections and that with additional private lessons, he could prepare him for a professional soccer career in Brazil.

At the time of his arrest last April, Raymundo was living in a motor home behind the 600 block of Anita Street in Chula Vista. Police searched the vehicle and allegedly found evidence that suggested other juveniles may have been victimized, Wedge said.

But after a preliminary hearing last summer, a charge that a second boy was sexually assaulted was also dismissed.

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