Former Santa Maria youth soccer coach sentenced in child sex crime case

Posted at 11:52 AM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 14:52:29-04

Former Santa Maria youth soccer coach Francisco Sanabria was sentenced Wednesday to 270 days in county jail and five years felony probation for committing sex crimes with a child under 18.

In March, Sanabria pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of molesting a child under 18 years of age and a felony charge of contacting a minor for sex.

He was arrested in 2017 while he was an assistant soccer coach at Santa Maria High School and a coach for a club soccer team. Detectives said the minor involved played on one of his teams at one point.

As part of his sentencing, Sanabria will also have to register as a sex offender, complete sex offender therapy, stay away from the victim and minors under the age of 18, and pay fines.

Francisco Sanabria