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Arizona baseball coach accused of molesting children, pleads guilty

Posted: 12:10 PM, Apr 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-15 19:10:02Z
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CHANDLER, AZ — An Arizona man who coached baseball at a high school and for club teams has pleaded guilty to molesting children for two years and will be sentenced next month.

Richard Allen Gallegos, 54, pleaded guilty last week to four charges including sexual conduct with a minor, attempted sexual conduct with a minor and attempted child molestation.

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According to the terms of the plea agreement obtained by ABC15, Gallegos will, “be sentenced to the Arizona Department of Corrections for a term ranging from 20 to 27 years. This is flat time.” He will also be placed on lifetime probation upon his release from prison.

Judge Michael Herrod will formally sentence Gallegos on May 24.

Gallegos was arrested on July 10, 2018 , under suspicion of multiple counts of molestation of a child, sexual conduct with a minor and attempted sexual conduct with a minor, according to the Chandler Police Department.

Police said the alleged encounters happened between 2009 and 2011 and involved children ranging in age from 11 to 14 years old.

Two former players, both now adults, spoke to Chandler police in June 2018 and described multiple sexual encounters with the coach when they were younger, police said.

Chandler police said Gallegos was the subject of an investigation on similar allegations in 2009, but police did not have enough evidence to charge him at the time.

At the time, he coached baseball at a club in Ahwatukee and volunteered as a coach at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler, police said.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix confirmed in a statement that Gallegos was a volunteer coach at the school from 2009 – 2011.

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