CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico softball coach is accused of molesting one of his 13-year-old players. Carlsbad police say the man inappropriately touched the girl at his home and while they were away at softball tournaments.
“She cried and it broke my heart,” said the victim’s relative.
Detectives say 50-year-old John Aragon, who has been coaching girls softball for nearly 10 years, molested the victim four times.
The victim said it happened three times at Aragon’s home starting in October 2013. She claims she went to his home to hang out with one of his daughters and that is where he started rubbing her back then slipped his hands down her pants.
At one point, the victim said Aragon told her if she was 14 or 15-years-old he would date her.
The victim’s family said by December they started seeing major changes in her behavior.
“She was totally different. Had problems in school, her grades went down, she was reluctant to play ball sometimes,” said her relative.
In June, the victim said it happened again. This time she said Aragon fondled her in a Ruidoso hotel room after a softball tournament.
She told her grandmother who then called police.
In an interview with police, Aragon admitted to lifting up the victim’s pants and letting her sit on his lap, but said nothing else happened.
Aragon’s friends are shocked by the allegations.
“I cannot believe he’s being accused of that. He’s a family man,” said one neighbor.
Aragon is charged with criminal sexual contact of a minor.
Police are investigating if he has other victims, but so far, no one has come forward.
“I hope he gets what he deserves because he’s taken something from her that she never can get back,” said the victim’s relative.
Neighbors say Aragon coaches boys and girls of all ages.