Basketball coach accused of sex crimes appears in court

Jeremy Haggerty

A former Santa Clarita Valley youth basketball coach charged with 15 sex crimes, including six counts of committing a lewd act upon a child, appeared briefly in court Thursday.

Jeremy Andre Haggerty, 34, appeared Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court for his second court appearance since he was arraigned on sex charges in February. Haggerty coached at several schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District, and a local private school, as well.

He was ordered to appear back in court May 9 for another pretrial hearing, Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, said Thursday.

Following a daylong preliminary hearing held mid-February, Haggerty was held to answer to the 14 criminal charges filed against him. A 15th charge was later added.

During the preliminary hearing, the prosecution presented evidence in the case and the defense responded; the judge determined there was enough evidence to merit a trial.

Haggerty faces eight counts of sexual battery, six counts of lewd act upon a child and one count of possession of child pornography, according to the amended complaint.

Sgt. Brian Hudson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Unit said at a news conference in September that detectives identified victims “going back as far as 2008.”

At the time of his arrest, Haggerty was living in Orange County and working at a school there.

He is accused of sexually assaulting nine victims over the course of nearly a decade, who ranged in age between 14 and 17 years old.  

If convicted as charged, he faces up to 14 years in state prison.

Detectives said in September they found no evidence the alleged incidents occurred on a local school campus, and all of the alleged incidents reportedly took place in one-on-one training sessions involving the coach and the player-victim.

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