Football coach Joshua Clever abuses 14-year-old player: police

Booking photo by Joshua Clever.

Joshua Clever.

A football coach is accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old player, but what began as an arrest for harassment has escalated into a related child pornography case with more victims, authorities say.

Cops in Costa Mesa, California say Joshua CleverThe 39-year-old had “pornographic images” of teenage girls on his phone. Officers are now attempting to identify these teenagers and determine if Clever may have abused others through his job.

According to the police, the 39-year-old knew the 14-year-old through his work as a football coach. Officials identified the teenager using the alias jane doe.

The girl’s parents reported the abuse to Costa Mesa police, police said.

“Detectives have conducted an ongoing investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Clever, a youth soccer coach,” the officials wrote a press release. “During the pre-trial investigation, detectives learned that Clever began caring for a 14-year-old victim, Jane Doe, a soccer player he had access to through his employment, over a period of six months. Clever then gained private access to Jane Doe and is accused of having unlawful sex with the victim.”

Officials said they first arrested Clever on April 7 for unlawful sex with a minor and lewd acts on a minor. Detectives said they found the illegal cellphone pictures while the defendant was out on $100,000 bail related to the original charges.

Police officers arrested him again on Thursday, this time for possession of child pornography, the press statement said.

From police officers:

Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying potential additional victims that Clever may have had access to through his employment. The investigation is ongoing and anyone with additional information or who believes they may have been a victim is encouraged to contact CMPD Detective Alicia Defuria at 714-754-5364 [email protected] or Sergeant Jose Morales at 714-754-4933.

Jail records in Orange County, California indicate the defendant remains in detention on $1 million bail. His next court date is scheduled for Monday April 18th.

[Booking photo via Costa Mesa Police Department]

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