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Murrieta Wrestling Coach Accused Of Providing Alcohol, Showing Porn To Kids

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MURRIETA (CBSLA.com) – A 44-year-old Murrieta wrestling coach has been accused of providing team members with alcohol and showing them pornographic movies.

Michael David Atkins, a coach for the Murrieta Golden Hawks Youth Wrestling Club, was arrested Wednesday at his Temecula home on suspicion of felony child endangerment, as well as misdemeanor allegations of providing alcohol to a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and giving harmful material to a minor.

Atkins posted $50,000 bail and was released hours after he was taken into custody.

The wrestling club, which is part of the Amateur Athletic Union, rents the gym at Murrieta Valley High School. Police, however, said they are not affiliated with the Murrieta Valley Unified School District.

“It came to the attention of the police department through an anonymous (source) that Atkins had developed a personal friendship with at least three minors on the club team over approximately the last four months,” said Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad. “An in-depth investigation revealed that inappropriate actions took place off campus.”

Anyone with information about the case was encouraged to contact Det. Paul Johnson at (951) 461-6359.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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