Parents who knew a popular local high school soccer coach accused of ‘sexting’ a student say they’re surprised and call the suspect a "really nice person."
Robin Alcarcon, 35, was arrested at Del Norte High School in Poway for allegedly sending possible inappropriate text messages to a student on Tuesday evening, according to police. The school notified law enforcement.
"I was just in shock because we know Rob for several years from the PQ league," Margarita Cepatinta said.
Alcarcon 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 where the alleged victim is a student.
“I won't go into exactly what was said, as far as the messaging, but it was very inappropriate and illegal," Lt. Rick O'Hanlon said. "It's a very serious charge. It's two felonies.”
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.
"I don't think it's anything that the school can foresee, I really don't. I think they really do a really good job," parent Kristina Cowling said.
Alarcon was booked into jail and faced charges of sending harmful matter to a minor and communicating with a minor with the intent to commit a sexual act.
The coach’s bail is set at $75,000. He’s scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.