Judge rules Carbajal can stand trial

A judge ruled Friday at a preliminary hearing in Santa Clara County Superior Court that there is enough evidence for Mountain View soccer coach Pedro Carbajal to stand trial on charges of child molestation.

Three of Carbajal's young relatives, who are now 19, 16 and 12, were the only witnesses called to testify. Though their statements differed on some dates and on the sequence of some events, all three girls said they recalled being inappropriately touched several years back. The oldest testified that she had been raped on multiple occasions.

Only a year ago, Carbajal, 34, was championed in Mountain View as a youth advocate. He was best known for starting the Amigos Soccer League in 2006, teaching his players both about the sport and about the importance of school and staying out of gangs and away from drugs. He also held positions on the Mountain View Whisman School District's English Learners Advisory Committee and the Mountain View Community Action League.

But in February of last year, his young relatives came forward, claiming Carbajal had had illicit relations with each of them. On Feb. 27 he was arrested and charged with three counts of child molestation and one count of aggravated assault.

Carbajal's next court date is an arraignment scheduled for Oct. 13.

— Kelsey Mesher


Posted by Scary, a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 5, 2009 at 11:43 pm

A man who has been awarde by the city. It only demonstrates how disturbed some predators are and the risk that our children were exposed to with the so called "community leader."

Posted by Concerned Citizen, a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2009 at 1:52 am

Innocent until proven guilty. For those not privy to the case, the accusers have ulterior motives.

Posted by AreYouKidding?, a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2009 at 3:18 pm

The "accusers" are young girls! What kind of malicious, "ulterior" motives might they have????? Imagine how adept these vicious little girls must be at calculating this whole thing! Geniuses - all three of them!

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