2013-06-14 / Police

Coach arrested for reportedly having sex with teen

By Darleen Principe

The coach of a Conejo Valley travel soccer team was arrested June 6 on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old player, according to authorities.

Christopher Capellini, 25, of Camarillo was arrested just before 6 p.m. last Thursday at a local park, minutes before his team was scheduled to meet.

He is charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, a felony, said Detectuve Eric Taylor of the TOPD sexual assault unit. The detective would not say whether the 16-year-old girl was a player on Capellini’s team.

“We interviewed both the victim and the suspect, and after both interviews we had enough information to make the arrest,” said Taylor, who would not divulge the name of the soccer team or the park.

Capellini told police he worked as both the coach and trainer of the travel team. The crime was reported to authorities on June 3. Taylor would not say who reported the crime.

Erin Meister, a Ventura County deputy district attorney, said that if Capellini is convicted of the crime as charged, he will face a maximum sentence of up to three years in state prison.

The charge against Capellini, which is considered a sexual assault crime, encompassed “an adult over the age of 18 having sexual intercourse with a minor under 18,” Meister said.

The coach, who is a former goalkeeper on California Lutheran University’s soccer team, was released on his own recognizance June 6 after posting $10,000 bail, the deputy district attorney said.

He is due in court for his arraignment today, June 13, according to Ventura County Superior Court records.

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