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Soccer coach accused of sexual abuse

Dan Morse

Montgomery County police arrested a longtime soccer coach on Thursday and charged him with inappropriate contact with a juvenile six months ago, officials said.

The coach, Roger Misael Fernandez, 38, of the 900 block of East West Highway, Takoma Park, was charged with sexual abuse of a minor and one count of a fourth-degree sexual offense.

Fernandez. (Montgomery Police)

The case goes back to at least Sept. 15, when the juvenile reported to police that Fernandez had touched him inappropriately, while the two were at the corporate offices of the Real Maryland FC Soccer Club, in Silver Spring, police said. Fernandez's duties with Real Maryland have involved traveling and coaching along the east coast, police said.

Fernandez also has been a volunteer with the Northwood High School soccer team, according to police. He has been a soccer coach since 1993 in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, according to officials.

Neither Fernandez nor officials at Real Maryland could be immediately reached.

Detectives said the want "to hear from anyone who has knowledge of any inappropriate contact by Fernandez with a juvenile." Those with information are asked to call 240-773-5422.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  | September 30, 2010; 4:47 PM ET
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he was also an assistant coach at Einstein HS. He was tremendously helpful to the coach and the players.

Posted by: interestedfan | September 30, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

being molested by Mario of the Mario brothers must be a terrifying experience.

may Bowser have mercy on his soul.

Posted by: steampunk | October 1, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

"touching inappropriately" is always such a vague thing to write, I'll await actual details before making judgment - that seems like a very unusual place to touch someone inappropriately in a really bad way, unless it was someone else who worked there, not a child.

Posted by: dcufan | October 1, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Spell/Grammer check WaPo "Detectives said the want "to hear from anyone who has knowledge of any inappropriate contact by Fernandez with a juvenile." THEY not THE. Geesh.

Posted by: lulu202 | October 1, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

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