Ex-Cal High coach pleads guilty to lewd acts on boys

San Ramon man accepts plea deal, receives 10+ years in prison

A former California High wrestling coach and church youth group leader was sentenced to more than 10 years in state prison Friday after pleading guilty to eight felony counts stemming from committing lewd acts on boys, according to a Contra Costa County prosecutor.

Kevin Lopez, 27, admitted to the charges as part of a plea deal that called for a stipulated prison term and prosecutors dropping the remaining felony counts against him.

Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Cheryl Mills accepted Lopez's guilty pleas and sentenced him to the agreed-upon term of 10 years and eight months in prison during a hearing Friday in Martinez, according to prosecutor Alison Chandler.

Lopez, a San Ramon resident, pleaded guilty to four counts of committing lewd acts upon a child 14-15 years old, two counts of distributing lewd materials to a minor and two counts of arranging a meeting with a minor for the purpose of engaging in lewd and lascivious behavior, Chandler said.

The crimes involved three boy victims between 2003 and last September, the prosecutor added.

Lopez was originally charged with 20 felonies after his arrest last September. He had initially pleaded not guilty to the counts.

San Ramon police took Lopez into custody Sept. 9 following a search of his San Ramon home that occurred hours after authorities received notification about a possible "inappropriate relationship" between Lopez and a child who was more than 10 years younger than him.

Lopez, who was Cal High's head wrestling coach at the time, was relieved of his coaching duties after his arrest. He had served on the Grizzlies' coaching staff since 2005, including working as head coach since 2012.

Lopez had also been a small group youth leader at New Life Church in San Ramon and Alamo, according to authorities.

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Posted by mary
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 9, 2015 at 7:05 pm

My heart goes out to the victims. Please know that we support you and know what it is like to go through this as a victim. You have spared others from this abuse. You have endured criticism and hatred for coming forward. The victims and their families are the heroes here. Thank you for puttting others before yourself." Doing what's right isn't always easy, doing what's easy isn't always right". Thank you for doing what was right.

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