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May 3, 2015

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Soccer coach, 40, accused of relationship with girl, 15

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Gabriel G. Lopez

A 40-year-old man is in the Henderson Jail today accused of having ongoing sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl, Henderson Police said.

Gabriel G. Lopez of Las Vegas was booked Wednesday on 11 counts of statutory sexual seduction, said Keith Paul, a spokesman for the Henderson Police Department.

An officer spotted a vehicle parked in a dark area of the Arroyo Grande Sports Complex parking lot about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The officer saw a man and a girl inside the vehicle.

When asked what they were doing, they both replied that they were just talking, police said. The girl at first said she was 17 when asked her age, but later admitted she was 15.

The girl said Lopez was her soccer coach through a private soccer club and the two had had a sexual relationship since May. Lopez denied having sexual intercourse with the girl.

While the alleged sexual relationship is believed to be consensual, the girl has not reached the age of consent, which is 16 years under state law, police said.

Anyone with information about this case or with additional information about Lopez is being asked to call detectives at (702) 267-4773.

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