A high school soccer coach from Sacramento, California has allegedly forced two teenage girls into prostitution. Elan Seagraves, 34, was arrested in connection with the allegations on Christmas Day, according to CBS Sacramento.
During the holiday, a 17-year-old girl called the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department to report that she was sexually assaulted and forced into sex trafficking by Seagraves. She told police that she was hiding in a backyard and that Seagraves was waiting for her in a nearby vehicle.
Police arrived on the scene to find Seagraves in that car with another teenage girl, the Sacramento Bee reports. He was subsequently arrested and police expect him to be charged with human trafficking of both minors. It is unclear if Seagraves has obtained a lawyer at this time. He has denied requests for interviews from local media.
Before his arrest, Seagraves worked as an Uber and Lyft driver, CBS reports. His other jobs were more focused on teenagers. He worked as a soccer coach for an area high school and for youth leagues. Kennedy High School listed Seagraves as the boys' soccer coach on their website up until a few days ago.
School officials issued a statement on Friday, saying: “We are extremely disappointed in Mr. Seagraves’ unacceptable behavior. While he passed a background check and had no prior offenses when we hired him to coach soccer in our district, we expect more appropriate behavior from someone we trusted to work with our kids. Mr. Seagraves will no longer be allowed to work with our kids in any capacity.”
An Uber official confirmed to the Sacramento Bee that Seagraves passed their background check and worked with the company. He has since been removed from Uber, in response to his arrest.
Lyft put out a statement, which read, “These allegations are incredibly disturbing. Our concern is with the victims, and we stand ready to assist law enforcement in any way that we can. As soon as we were made aware of this, we immediately disabled this individual’s Lyft account.”
Seagraves is currently being held in Sacramento County Jail on $2 million bail.
[Photo: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department]
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