Crime

Marc Pereira, youth soccer coach, busted for sex assault on one of his players

Since word broke that Marc Pereira, a youth soccer coach for the Rocky Mountain Soccer Academy in Aurora, had been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault against one of his under-age players, much of his online footprint appears to have vanished. But there are still some lingering items that offer background on the 28-year-old suspect.

According to the Aurora Police Department, Pereira, a coach for Rocky Mountain Soccer Academy in Aurora, was arrested on Thursday on charges of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, a class-four felony, and sexual assault, a class-one misdemeanor. The APD doesn't reveal the age or gender of the victim, but maintains that Pereira has coached this individual for the past several years.

Periera's Facebook profile seems to have been removed, and the same may be true for the academy's; searches pull up links that don't connect to such a destination. However, his MySpace profile continues to linger, and even though it was created six years ago, his bio mentions his association with Rocky Mountain Soccer Academy. Here it is:

I am 22 years old and I live in Aurora Colorado. I am 5 11' with short brown hair and brown eyes. I am a very out going kind of guy that loves to have fun and meet new people. I am in to playing soccer, golf and I play a bad ass guitar. I also enjoy going to the mountains to go fishing, camping and to get away from the city life. I currently work as a wine Merchandiser for beverage distributors mostly in Liquor stores all day building displays and stocking shelves -- fun job, easy money. I also am the club coach for Rocky Mountain Soccer Academy.
Also included are a number of photos, including the shot seen above and this one, in which he shows off the aforementioned guitar skills:

The soccer academy appears to be something of a family affair. This U.S. Youth Soccer club-directory item lists a Manny Pereira as the president of the academy and Marc as the director of coaching. And one mention of Marc can still be found on the academy's home page. It reads:
STORM GIRLS CLASSIC TOURNAMENT Fall 2010

The U-15 GIRLS under the direction of coach Marc Pereira and assistant Dennis Dehm were the tournament finalists. This team continues to show their skill and resolve. They also finished second at the 2010 Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament where they participated as the defending champions. We strongly believe that they will have a great Fall 2010 season and wish the girls the best of luck.

GO COUGARS!

Periera has been released on bond. However, authorities think it's possible there may be additional victims. Folks with more information about that prospect are encouraged to phone Detective Steve Crow at 303-739-6153.

Here's a look at Perieira's booking photo:

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Oscar Ponce, Abraham Lincoln coach charged with sexually assaulting teens, still at large."

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