A tight-knit youth swimming community is shaken after the arrest of a popular young coach. A Fairfax County swim instructor is accused of molesting a 7-year-old girl. As News4's Jackie Bensen reports, this comes on the heels of the sentencing of another D.C. area swimming coach.
A former Fairfax County swim instructor has been charged with aggravated sexual battery following allegations that he inappropriately touched a 7-year-old girl.
Police said they received a complaint from the girl's mother July 3, claiming 23-year-old Eduardo Requejo inappropriately touched her daughter on several occasions.
Requejo turned himself into police. He was charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery Monday.
The victim was not one of his students, authorities said.
“These allegations don’t concern any type of situation where he was actually teaching this pupil,” said Lucy Caldwell, of Fairfax County police. “Apparently it was an acquaintance of his.”
Requejo had worked as a swim coach at the Oak Marr Recreation Center in Fairfax since 2005.
The Fairfax County Park Authority issued a letter to patrons that reads: "This individual has been a seasonal employee with the Fairfax County Park Authority since 2005 without incident and with successful passage of required and appropriate criminal background checks."
The statement went on to say that Requejo is no longer "scheduled" at any county park facility.
“This person has had a lot of contact with various children throughout Fairfax County for many years, and so certainly if people have information or concerns, they should feel free to contact police,” Caldwell said.
News4 has learned Requejo also served as a part-time coach for the USA Swimming-affiliated Dream Sharks youth team.
USA Swimming is trying to determine if Raquejo is a member.
Investigators believe this is an isolated incident, but urge anyone with information on Requejo to call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.