Pedro Carbajal, the Mountain View soccer coach who was arrested last February on charges of molesting three girls, pleaded not guilty during a short pre-hearing last week in county Superior Court.
Mountain View police arrested Carbajal, 33, on Feb. 27, charging him with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts with children under 14 and one count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. The alleged victims, all females, ranged in age from 7 to 9 at the time of the incidents, and were members of Carbajal's extended family, police said. The alleged crimes occurred five to 10 years ago.
Carbajal, whose bail is set at $2 million, briefly appeared in the Palo Alto courthouse on Wednesday, July 1, to plead not guilty, according to district attorney spokesperson Amy Cornell. He is being represented by deputy public defender Ross McMahon.
Carbajal was known for his good works in the Mountain View community, volunteering on committees in the local elementary school district for Latino parents and, most famously, co-founding the Amigos Soccer League for at-risk boys in hopes of keeping them away from gangs. (The Amigos League is not related to the "Kick, Lead and Dream" soccer program.) Carbajal later joined forces with Mountain View police for help in running his soccer league.
Police said most of Carbajal's alleged crimes occurred at family events, at which Carbajal would get himself alone with the girls. The girls told police that they kept the incidents secret because they did not want to hurt their family or get into trouble, according to police reports. The younger girl later confided in an adult after getting into trouble at school; she said she was acting out at school because she was angry, according to the report.
Carbajal is next scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. in Department 88 at the Palo Alto courthouse. His trial is likely to be held at the end of October.
Those interested in helping Carbajal's wife and children can send donations to: Gloria Reyes Valdes, Heritage Bank of Commerce, 175 E. El Camino Real, Mountain View, 94040.