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Police: 2nd victim in soccer coach case

A second 17-year-old soccer player has stepped forward to tell Montgomery County police that a local coach fondled him, officials said Monday.

The coach, Roger M. Fernandez, 38, is now accused of three counts of sex abuse of a minor and three counts of fourth-degree sex offense. Police allege he fondled one boy once, and another boy twice, according to court records.

He had coached for the Real Maryland FC Soccer Club, based in Silver Spring. In a statement, Real Maryland said it "has cut all ties with Coach Fernandez" and is "cooperating fully" with detectives in the case.

"This is a serious matter that has affected the Club and all that participate with the different programs," the club said. "All coaches are put through an extensive background check. The Club will now identify the proper coaches that are going to take his place with the current teams. ... Real Maryland FC is shocked and saddened by these events."

Detectives allege that in both cases, Fernandez initially massaged the teenagers' calves. He then touched other parts of the boys, according the charging documents.

One teenager said the abuse occurred in March at the club's corporate offices. The other boy said the abuse occurred in February at the offices, and in March at a local hotel, according to police charging documents

Fernandez remained held in the county jail on Monday, an official there said. Online records do not say if he has retained an attorney.

Police said those with information about Fernandez can call Detective Chad Williams at 240-773-5422.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  | October 4, 2010; 6:46 PM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse, Montgomery  
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