Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Marvin Manganaan Arrested for Sex Crimes

A 32-year-old youth racquetball coach has been arrested on suspicion of sex crimes against children, and investigators are calling for possible victims to come forward.

Officer Pete Smith, a police spokesman, said that last week a boy reported that Marvin Baclig Manganaan, 32, had tried to persuade him to take inappropriate photographs. The boy refused and went to police, who then served a search warrant at Manganaan’s home.

Smith said during the search investigators learned Manganaan had frequent contact with children in his role as a coach of competitive youth racquetball. Smith said police also found photographs and video depicting Manganaan molesting children.

“Until we identify the juveniles in all of those still or moving pictures, we don’t have any more details,” Smith said.

The Police Department has established a dedicated hotline for victims to contact investigators. Anyone with information is asked to call the Stockton Police Department at (209) 937-7091.

“We saw the potential there for a lot of people either wanting to provide information or to come forward,” Smith said. “We wanted to have a fluid channel of contact.”

Manganaan is being held in the San Joaquin County Jail on $1 million bail. He was booked on suspicion of contacting minors with the intent to commit a sexual offense, possession of child pornography and using a minor to perform prohibited acts. He was scheduled to appear in court today.



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