Friendswood girls’ softball coach arrested, accused of sexual assaulting child

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by Shern-Min Chow / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on June 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 15 at 11:08 AM

HOUSTON—A Friendswood girls’ softball coach, who is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, has been arrested.

Friendswood police said there were two incidents in March and April. A few weeks later, the 13-year-old girl told her parents, who notified authorities. Late Thursday, Ryan Jon Loofboro was taken into custody.

Over at the Friendswood softball field on Thursday night, girls were busy practicing for an upcoming tournament.  Most parents had not yet heard the news. Friendswood Girls’ Softball Association President and dad Dan Lisbony was stunned when he learned about it.

“(I) actually had to pull over and read the email,” he said.

Loofboro, an assistant coach at the Friendswood Girls Softball Association, worked with the 14 and under team this spring.  He is charged with aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child. Bail has been set at $40,000 for each count.   

Lisbony said the league does require coaches go through a background check and go through a softball coaching class. 

“We require all background checks for assistants and team moms who are going to be on the fields,” Loofsboro said.

Friendswood police officer Lisa Price says she’s concerned that there may be other victims.

“He had access to children in his capacity as a coach and we always have to assume there may be other victims,” she said.

Amy Elguezabal said she plans to talk with her children and have them watch the KHOU 11 News report.

“You have the news out there, you guys coming out. When I grew up my dad never wanted me to watch the news. Nowadays, the more you prepare them, the better off they are for situations like this,” Elguezabal said.

The association said it will notify all parents.

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