Coach Pleads No Contest for Molesting Five Children
A former Pop Warner football coach pleaded no contest on June 17 to sexually molesting four young boys who played on his teams, and to molesting a fifth victim, a teenaged girl.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced that Paul Anthony Ayala, 42, entered the plea before Superior Court Commissioner Loren Di Frank.
He was immediately sentenced to 24 years in state prison as part of a negotiated plea.
He will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Ayala pleaded no contest to four counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, and one count of lewd act on a child involving all five victims, according to Deputy District Attorney Frank Dunnick.
The victims’ families were consulted, and approved of the plea agreement and sentence, Dunnick said.
“Several of the victims and their families expressed concern over testifying in court, and this resolution spares them any additional stress and anxiety brought on by the court process,” Dunnick added.
Police were notified in February after one victim told a family member about the inappropriate contact.
An investigation was launched, and Ayala was initially charged with one felony count of oral copulation of a child under 10 and eight felony counts of sexual molestation of a child under 14 involving two boys, who were each 10 at the time of the incidents.
Three additional victims — two boys age 10 and one girl who was 15 — came forward and charges were added.
Ayala was charged with sexually molesting the victims between 2008 and this February.