The Criminal Courts building in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.
The Criminal Courts building in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by John Schreiber.

A coach was charged Friday with committing lewd acts on nine young girls while he worked at two elementary schools in Hollywood and Los Angeles.

Ronnie Lee Roman, 42, of San Fernando, is scheduled to be arraigned May 29 on nine felony counts.

The charges involving two young girls allegedly molested between August 2001 and July 2002 while he was working at Vine Elementary School in Hollywood, and seven girls between January 2012 and September 2014 while he worked at Cahuenga Elementary School in Los Angeles.

The girls were between 7 and 11 at the time of the alleged crimes, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Roman has remained jailed since being arrested Wednesday by detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Sexually Exploited Child Unit.

Roman had been under investigation by the unit since last September, after a student came forward to allege that the coach had touched her inappropriately on several occasions while working at Cahuenga Elementary School, 220 S. Hobart Blvd.

During the investigation, the additional female students “disclosed that Roman had also inappropriately touched them,” according to an LAPD statement.

Roman faces up to 135 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

City News Service

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