Miramonte Head Soccer Coach Accused Of Sex With Minor
Miramonte Coach Saul Noe Lopez Arrested
5:09 AM, Feb 28, 2012
The Bakersfield Police Department has arrested Miramonte's head soccer coach after he was accused of having sex with a minor.Officers said that around 11 p.m. Friday, detectives arrested Saul Noe Lopez, 31, on charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a juvenile.Lopez was a Migrant Community Specialist and head coach for Miramonte High School at 1800 South Fairfax Road.On Friday, Lopez resigned from his positions at the school.On Miramonte High School's web site, the position of Head Varsity Coach for the girls soccer team has been removed.The investigation began with the Kern High School District Police on Friday, when a local merchant reported to them a school employee, operating a Kern High School District van, had purchased condoms at his store, Sgt. Mary DeGeare said.Further investigation on behalf of the KHSD police led to the identification Lopez as the individual who purchased the condoms and the identification of a 16-year-old victim/student, DeGeare said.At that point, the investigation was handed over to the Bakersfield Police Department because of the type of crime, DeGeare said.The investigation determined Lopez took the student from the campus to his home where the act took place.Lopez was arrested later that night and booked into the Kern County Jail.Lopez began working at Mira Monte High when the school opened in August of 2008. Lopez first joined the KHSD in October 2006 as an Instructional Assistant at Arvin High School.Follow up investigation continued Monday and no other students have been identified as victims of similar acts.Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call Detective Menendez at 326-3559.