Youth Pastor, High School Football Coach Charged With Sex Crimes

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Polk County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a youth pastor, a teacher and the head football coach at a high school on sex crimes charges.

Matt Thompson, a 30-year-old football coach, was charged Wednesday with two counts of sexual battery by a person of custodial authority.

Teacher Edward Demoreta, 30, was charged with three counts of lewd battery on a victim between the ages of 12 and 15.

Ricardo Navarro, 27, was charged with enticing a child to use a computer to distribute pornography and two other counts. Demoreta and Navarro were youth pastors.

Officials say that while the three cases are separate investigations, the victim in two of the cases is the same girl.

The three were booked into the Polk County Jail. It’s unknown whether they have retained lawyers.

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