Plantation youth soccer coach accused of engaging in sex acts with female player

Suspect, victim had sexual relationship for 7 years, police say


PLANTATION, Fla. – A Plantation youth soccer coach was arrested Friday after a woman who had a sexual relationship with the coach as a minor came forward to detectives, police said.

According to an arrest warrant, Juan Ramos, 43, engaged in sex acts with the minor, including oral sex and intercourse, beginning in 2003, when the victim was 13 years old.

Police said the girl had played for the Plantation Eagles Soccer Club and met Ramos when she was 10 years old and he was 27.

She said Ramos was her coach for eight years and said he would sometimes drive her from school to conduct private soccer lessons at various parks throughout Broward County.

Detectives said Ramos began "tickling and wrestling" with the victim during the private sessions, and eventually they began a sexual relationship.

According to the warrant, Ramos and the girl also had sex at American Heritage School when the victim was 16 years old and he was a substitute teacher.

Detectives said a controlled phone call was conducted Aug. 21 between Ramos and the victim, and they agreed to meet face to face.

During the meeting, which was audio and video recorded, the two discussed having sex from the time the victim was 14 to 20 years old, the warrant said.

Ramos was arrested Friday on multiple counts of sexual battery on a minor.

The coach has been indefinitely suspended by the Planation Athletic League.

He previously coached at American Heritage School in Plantation and Cypress Bay High School, and played for the Knights of Nova Southeastern University.

Ramos is being held at a Broward County detention facility without bond.

(Local 10 News previously reported that Ramos is the current boys varsity soccer coach at Cypress Bay High. School officials say he has not worked for the school since the 2013-2014 school year. We regret the error.)

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