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WV Youth Soccer Coach Arrested for Alleged Sexual Assault on 13-Year-Old Girl

Sunnyvale police arrested Emanuele Fabrizio, a youth soccer coach, on Wednesday at his home.

A Sunnyvale man and youth sports coach was arrested Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, police said today.

Emanuele Fabrizio, who is a coach for West Valley Youth Soccer League, was arrested at his apartment Wednesday morning on suspicion of sexually assaulting and committing lewd acts with a minor.

The arrest came after a tip earlier this month from the victim's father, who was concerned about a relationship the teen was having with the longtime kids' sports coach, Sunnyvale Capt. David Verbrugge said. The father contacted police on March 13 “with information he found suspicious,” Verbrugge said.

After conducting a search warrant of Fabrizio's home, police arrested him and booked him into Santa Clara County's main jail, where he remains on $1.5 million bail.

He was set to be arraigned Friday afternoon.

Verbrugge said detectives don’t know if Fabrizio may have victimized other minors during his time as a coach in the Cupertino area. In addition to coaching in the youth league he also conducted private coaching sessions, Verbrugge said.

"He's been a youth coach for a while, so we don't know if there are any other victims but if there are, we'd like them to step forward," he
said.

The 36-year-old is not a registered sex offender, he said. A Emanuele Fabrizio on LinkedIn indicates he is a staff web developer at PayPal, while a Facebook account under the same name says he is an interface engineer at PayPal, but Verbrugge was unable to confirm that. The LinkedIn profile also says Fabrizio attended Foothill College and UC Santa Cruz. The Facebook account says he is from Rome.

Anyone with more information related to the case is asked to call Detective Michael Mendoza at (408) 730-7130. Anyone wishing to leave an anonymous tip may do so via email at SVTIP@tipnow.org.

—Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

sistersilverhair March 28, 2012 at 06:12 AM
I coach sports at a local middle school, so I'm particularly saddened by this. And angry, too. I must say that I am proud of the men and women I coach with, both full-time teachers and part-time coaches like me. They're encouraging, caring role models for boys and girls, impeccable in their behavior in every way. These kids know they are loved--and it's healthy, wholesome. I'm proud to coach in the Cupertino Union School District. I'm proud of my own colleagues. I'm sorry for the West Valley soccer organization and I hope this incident doesn't hamper their good work. God bless that child's father. He paid attention, and that's what it takes.
Anne Ernst (Editor) March 28, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Bernie, while the circumstances of the article are alarming, it's important to remember that Fabrizio has only been charged, not found guilty. This in no way should be considered a reflection on WVYSL either, b/c as you say, they do good work, but I agree with you situations like this are horrible to read about.
Yusuf April 09, 2013 at 11:28 PM
i am one of the players of his soccer team at west valley. he is mean and cruel hearted. he has done many things that have saddened and angered many in my soccer team. i still remember him kicking the soccer ball in my friend's face on purpose so hard that my friend started crying. i also remember him saying many bad cuss words to my teammates that brought our spirits down. i think he should be arrested for not only sexual assault, but for verbal and also physical abuse as well.

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