LA Football Coach Arrested For Abusing Children

A 29-year-old California man who worked as an aide to disabled students in multiple Glendale elementary schools was arrested last Thursday for allegedly molesting at least six boys, KTLA reported.

In a press release last Thursday, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office announced charges against Pedro Antonio Tellez (also known as Pedro Antonio Hernandez Llamas) in connection to six victims. Tellez has been charged with eight counts of lewd acts on a child under 14, a felony.

Since March, Tellez has been employed as a part-time after-school coach at the city’s One Glendale After School Youth Sports Program and Summer Day Camp Program. He also worked at John Muir Elementary School.

Between 2018 and 2023, while working at other Glendale elementary schools, Tellez allegedly molested the underage victims, “touching them inappropriately and with a sexual intent,” the District Attorney’s Office alleged.

Los Angeles County DA George Gascón said in the press release that it was “heartbreaking and disturbing” that someone entrusted to be a beacon of “support and guidance” while “providing a safe and nurturing environment” chose to violate that trust, particularly for someone who was a “guardian to such a vulnerable group of children.”

Gascón said such “despicable acts” would not be tolerated “within our community.”

Tellez was arraigned last Thursday in the Glendale Branch of the LA County Superior Court. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 19 in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pasadena.

The District Attorney’s Office said more potential victims have since come forward and are being interviewed by investigators with the Glendale Police Department.

Other possible victims of Tellez are urged to contact the Glendale Police to speak with an assaults detective.