Coach in molestation case allowed to watch team


CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – A softball coach accused of molesting one of his players is still allowed to be around the team and it’s not sitting well with people in Carlsbad.

Last weekend John Aragon, 50, a girls youth softball coach, was arrested for inappropriately touching one of his teen players.

Aragon bonded out of jail shortly after.

On Monday, Magistrate Court Judge Henry Castaneda granted him the right to go half way across the country to watch his former team compete in a national tournament.

“Most people would never be allowed to leave the state of New Mexico when they’re out on a bond,” said Aragon’s neighbor.

In Aragon’s release order, right below the section reading the defendant shall not leave the City of Carlsbad, the County of Eddy or the State of New Mexico the judge wrote in his own line.

He gave Aragon permission to travel to Missouri for a girls softball tournament.

Judge Castaneda says Aragon is not allowed to coach the girls, only act as a spectator.

He says Aragon’s daughter is on the team and he didn’t think it was right to ban him from his kid’s sporting event just because he’s accused of a crime.

As for contact with any other players, Castaneda says that’s not his call.

He says ultimately it’s up to parents to decide what type of communication they have with Aragon.

“I’d be there to make sure there was distance and that nothing inappropriate was said or done,” said a neighbor.

The judge says this is the only tournament he’s allowing Aragon to attend.

Aragon is charged with criminal sexual contact of a minor.

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