The Long Beach Police Department has arrested a travel softball coach in connection with the crime of contacting a minor for lewd acts and sending harmful matter to a minor, and detectives believe additional victims may exist.
The investigation began in October 2013 after police received reports. A 14-year-old female victim was interviewed, and police learned that her travel softball coach had sent her lewd text messages with the intent of meeting with her to carry them out. As part of the investigation, detectives conducted numerous interviews, according to police.
After the investigation, the suspect, identified as 40-year-old Anthony Christopher Sota of Anaheim, was arrested on Nov. 26, 2013, in Long Beach. Sota, who has also used the last name of DeLaSota, was booked for two felony charges of contacting a minor with the intent to commit lewd acts and sending harmful matter to a minor. Sota is currently out on bail pending a future court appearance. Sota is not affiliated with any school athletic programs.
The investigation is ongoing, and investigators believe, based on the level of contact between Sota and young girls, that additional victims may exist who have never contacted police.
Those who have been victims of unreported crimes involving Sota are asked to contact Long Beach Police Sex Crimes Detective Sean Irving at (562) 570-7368. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus the tip to CRIMES (274637), or visitinglacrimestoppers.org .