A Santa Clarita Valley-area youth basketball coach pleaded not guilty Friday to sex-related charges involving nine boys who either played on teams he coached or were trained by him.
Jeremy Andre Haggerty, 34, is charged with eight counts of sexual battery by fraud, five counts of committing a lewd act on a child and one count alleging an attempted lewd act on a child.
He was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $1 million bail while awaiting his next court appearance Oct. 29 in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
Haggerty worked as a basketball coach at two schools in the Santa Clarita Valley, along with working as a personal basketball trainer, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
He was initially charged with crimes involving eight boys ranging in age from 14 to 17, but was subsequently charged with crimes involving a ninth teenage boy.
Prosecutors allege that the crimes occurred between December 2008 and June 2017.
Haggerty was arrested Sept. 13 by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and has remained behind bars since then, according to jail records.
The investigation was conducted by the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau. The bureau’s Sgt. Brian Hudson told the Santa Clarita Valley Signal that investigators suspect there may be additional victims “due to the time frame” involved in the probe.
He told the newspaper the alleged misconduct primarily occurred during one-on-one training sessions with students and did not happen on school campuses.
Sheriff’s officials did not identify any of the schools where Haggerty worked. The Signal reported, however, that Haggerty coached at Trinity Classical Academy in Santa Clarita from August 2014 to 2016. He was an assistant coach at West Ranch High School in 2012-13 and worked on and off as an assistant coach at Canyon High School, the newspaper reported.
When allegations against Haggerty first surfaced in August, Trinity officials sent a letter to parents advising them of the investigation.
“The allegations consist of inappropriate conduct with a former, now-adult student for incidents that occurred several years ago,” according to the letter, which was published by The Signal.
“The incidents did not occur within the confines of Trinity Classical Academy’s campus, nor in the employee’s official employment capacity, but occurred with a student who participated in private training with this individual.”