Former West Seattle soccer coach accused of molesting players



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Posted on March 23, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 23 at 5:46 PM

SEATTLE - A former West Seattle soccer coach is a wanted man. He's accused of molesting several of his young players, according to charges filed this week by King County Prosecutors.

It appears that several parents trusted Francisco Javier Valdivia-Enriquez enough to allow him to take their 13- to 15-year-old sons on overnight soccer and social outings.

Now, Valdivia-Enriquez is charged with molesting at least seven of the young soccer players in his charge.

He coached for the West Seattle soccer club. His team had a very strong season last year, but at the end of last year one the parents confronted Valdivia-Enriquez and that led to a Seattle police investigation.

Police believe he molested boys on trips to local games, overnight games out of town, and at the White Center home where he rented a room for five years.

The owner of that home, who did not want to appear on camera, says he's stunned by these charges. He allowed his own children to stay with Valdivia-Enriquez.

We talked to some families members today who are still too angry about this to speak on camera and they wonder why it took so long to charge Valdivia-Enriquez.

Our calls to the West Seattle soccer club have gone unanswered.

Seattle Police believe Valdivia-Enriquez has fled to his Mexican homeland.