Swim Coach Gets 6 Years In Prison For Sexual Assault Of Child

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)  —  Authorities said a swimming coach was sentenced Friday to six years behind bars after pleading no contest to sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl at an aquatic center in Commerce.

The Los Angeles County D.A.’s Office announced  Steven Matthew Garcia, 28, entered his plea to one felony count of lewd act upon a child and one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure.

Garcia was also ordered to register for life as a sex offender.

Garcia fondled a 7-year-old girl in an employee lounge at an aquatic center and threatened the victim, ordering her not to tell anyone. The complaint said the sexual assault occurred between October 2016 and January 2017.

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Deputy D.A. Emily Spear of the Sex Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.

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