Steven Matthew Garcia, Commerce Swim Coach Guilty

Swimming Coach Pleads to Sexually Assaulting 7-Year-Old Girl

A swimming coach was sentenced today to six years in state prison after pleading no contest to sexually molesting a girl at a Commerce aquatic center, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Steven Matthew Garcia, 28, entered his plea to one felony count of lewd act upon a child and one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure. He also was ordered to register as a lifetime sex offender.

Deputy District Attorney Emily Spear of the Sex Crimes Division prosecuted the case.

Garcia sexually molested a 7-year-old girl by fondling her in an employee lounge at the City of Commerce aquatic center.  He then threatened the victim, ordering her not to tell anyone. The complaint said the sexual assault occurred between October 2016 and January 2017.

Case BA453670 was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau.  The No Contest Plea was submitted on June 23, 2017.

Anthony DeMarco is a California child molestation lawyer in Pasadena, CA.  He has been a practicing child sexual abuse attorney since 2002 and has been instrumental in exposing sexual abuse scandals in large organizations such as the Catholic Church, School Districts, Youth Sports, and Youth Organizations.