Coach Released From Jail as FBI Searches Home

Robin Alarcon was released “pending further investigation”

By Michelle Wayland and Tony Shin
|  Saturday, Jan 9, 2010  |  Updated 7:35 AM PDT
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A popular local high school soccer coach accused of ‘sexting’ a student was released from George Bailey Detention Facility shortly before 9 p.m. Friday night.

Robin Alarcon, 35, hid his face with his shirt as he left the jail and got into a taxi. He was arrested on Wednesday at Del Norte High School in Poway for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a student on Tuesday evening.

Alarcon was facing charges of sending harmful matter to a minor and communicating with a minor with the intent to commit a sexual act at his arraignment that was scheduled for 1.30 p.m. Friday.

“We are not filing charges today," Harrison Kennedy from the District Attorney’s family division said.  "As for details as to why we are doing what we’re doing, I cannot comment.”

At 5 p.m. on Friday, San Diego Police officers and F.B.I. agents served a search warrant at Alarcon's Rancho Penasquitos home.

Investigators searched the home for about an hour and a half, taking several bags of possible evidence, including a computer.

Alarcon has worked in the Poway Unified School District since 2001 coaching soccer teams with girls as young as seven-years-old. He was the head girl’s lacrosse coach at Mt. Carmel High School and most recently worked as a part time assistant for the Del Norte Girls Soccer team.

Parents who knew him had nothing bad to say.

"He was a really good coach, and a really nice person," Cepatinta said.

Alarcon cleared Megan's law and department of justice background checks, according to the Poway Unified school district.

A close family friend who didn't want to be identified called Alarcon a "good man" who's reputation and career are being destroyed by the allegations.  He said he hopes the public will wait until all the facts are known before making any judgements against Alarcon.

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