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Students come forward, allege abuse by coach

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - A 17-year-old has come forward, alleging that when he was 7 he was forced to perform oral sex and was sodomized. The accused, Chris Leon Guerrero, has since been arrested and placed behind bars facing rape charges. And while you'd think this story would end there, a whole new set of allegations have come forward against this longtime youth basketball coach.

The recent arrest of Leon Guerrero has resulted in two students at Untalan Middle School coming forward with allegations that he made inappropriate gestures to them. "The students started gossiping about it and stories were floating around campus," stated Acting Principal Valerie Kaipat. She says two 8th graders confided in a male teacher about the incidents they claim occurred when Leon Guerrero was coaching their basketball team. 

The 29-year-old was arrested this week for allegedly sexually abusing a male minor repeatedly since the victim was 7. Leon Guerrero had been the boys basketball coach for the last two and a half years until he stopped reporting to work on January 20. "That's where we realized either he wasn't going to come back and then the story broke out that he was arrested and so a lot of the pieces started to fall in place and at the school level we had to start taking action in terms of protecting the kids," Kaipat added.

"We want to ensure parents that if students feel that they were harmed in anyway that our counselor team, our administrative team, teachers and staff are ready for them."

Leon Guerrero was also a coach with the Barrigada Crusaders Basketball Club for the Under-14 Boys Division for the past four years.

Another coach, John Lujan, tells KUAM News, "We didn't see anything different, it was unfortunate and unexpected." He adds, "We are shocked at the news and will have to take it one day at a time."

Kaipat says with the two complaints, Child Protective Services and the Guam Police Department were notified immediately.

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