A swim instructor wanted on a warrant in Los Angeles County for allegedly sexually assaulting juvenile students has died while hospitalized in Costa Rica, where he allegedly fled to avoid prosecution, authorities said Friday.
Jeremy Anderson had been charged in December with 19 counts of lewd acts with a child and possession of child pornography, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Grace Medrano.
“On Friday … detectives received confirmation from the U.S. Marshals office that suspect Anderson had died while hospitalized,” Medrano said.
In December 2017, detectives from the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau began investigating the circumstances regarding the alleged sexual assault of a child that occurred between 2006 and 2011 by his swim instructor in Santa Clarita, Medrano said.
“The victim told detectives that he had been assaulted by suspect Jeremy Anderson, who was his swim instructor at an aquatics club in Santa Clarita,” Medrano said.
“The allegations were brought to the attention of the sheriff’s department by a representative from SafeSport … an organization entrusted with the authority to respond to reports of sexual misconduct with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements,” Medrano said.
“As the investigation evolved, detectives identified additional victims who were victimized by suspect Anderson,” Medrano said. “The incidents with these multiple victims occurred at various locations between 2006 and 2017. Suspect Anderson’s conduct included having sexually explicit conversations with the victims and soliciting child pornography.”
In December 2018, detectives presented the results of the investigation to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which filed 19 counts of lewd acts with a child and possession of child pornography against Anderson, Medrano said.
“SVB detectives learned suspect Anderson had fled from the United States prior to being able to take him into custody,” Medrano said. “An arrest warrant was issued for his arrest at the time.”
On June 13, the U.S. Marshals Service assisted the LACSD in finding Anderson in Costa Rica, Medrano said.
A cause of death was not disclosed.
Anyone with information regarding the case was urged to contact the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.