On August 11th, Montgomery County Police detectives arrested Juan Jose “J. J.” Aranguri, age 46, of Rockville. Aranguri, a soccer coach at a local soccer camp, has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of third-degree sexual offense.
A 12-year-old female student at the South America Soccer Academy, which holds practices on the grounds of the Bretton Woods Recreation Center in Germantown, reported inappropriate contact by her soccer coach. The contact occurred on July 9, 2008, after the student had developed leg cramps and the coach began to massage her legs.
According to The Washington Post, five days after the inappropriate contact, a detective interviewed the child. The girl then called Aranguri, who told her “he would not have sexual contact with [her] if she returned to the soccer camp.”
Such a phone call may have been used by police to bolster a case against the coach.
Aki Heydarian, general manager at Bretton Woods, said Aranguri “came across as a nice, quiet guy.”
A short, unverified bio of Aranguri on a soccer website reads:
JJ Aranguri is a native of Peru, South America….At 17 J. J. left his home to play with several regional clubs in Brazil, Columbia, and Cost Rica. J..J. later moved to Florida where he played for the Miami Breakers and the Jacksonville Cyclones and had the privilege of fulfilling one of his childhood dreams, playing with and against Carlo Valderrama….Recently J. J. moved to the DC area to reunited with his family. His goal is to give back to the game and share his passion for the wonderful game of soccer.
The soccer academy website reads:
The Program Director, J J Aranguri, is the director of South America Soccer Academy. J J is a former professional soccer player and has over 10 years experience teaching soccer. He has successfully coached highly competitive boys and girls teams in the Washington DC metro area, including State cup winners. His goal is to make each player comfortable with the ball and to share his passion for the beautiful game of soccer.
A section of the Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS) website pertains to Fall 2008 tryouts for girls under 13. Those interested in the “U13 girl” team Bethesda Legacy should contact Coach Aranguri.
According to a law enforcement group in Washington State, child molesters “may seek employment or volunteer opportunities with programs involving children in the preferred victim age group for this type of offender.”
According to a blog reader, Aranguri is married, with four children.
As they say in the TV show Cops, all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.