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News Release

Friday, September 30, 2005

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Softball Coach Arrested for Child Molestation

Los Angeles: A softball coach, who has been coaching children for over ten years in the Wilmington and San Pedro area, was arrested for child molestation. On September 28, 2005, at about 10:30 PM, 58-year-old Marco Antonio Espinoza was booked at LAPD's 77th Street Jail.

Today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged Espinoza for numerous counts of Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Child for a total of five victims, ages ranging from 12 to 17 years of age.

Espinoza has been a softball coach for traveling softball teams since mid 1990s.

Espinoza is being held on a $1,000,000.00 bail.

The Harbor Area Sexual Assault Unit is handling the investigation.

There may be more victims and they are urge to contact Detectives Martin and Bowie at 310-522-2035 or 310-513-7124. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk at 1-877- LAWFULL (1-877-529-3855).