Los Angeles County Soccer Coach Ernandes “Nando” Dasilva Arrested on Suspicion of Sexually Abusing Minors
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (May 25, 2023) – A Los Angeles County soccer coach identified as Ernandes Dasilva, who went by “Nando,” was arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse.
Los Angeles County prosecutors are saying that the abuse took place between 2011 and 2022. Ernandes Dasilva has been charged with sex crimes against children under 14 years old.
The defendant had access to numerous young soccer players during the time that the assaults allegedly took place. Authorities are searching for additional victims.
Ernandes Dasilva is 5ft 7in, 65-years-old, 155 lbs and has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with more information should contact the LASD’s special victims bureau.
Liability For Los Angeles County Child Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse in sports is much more common than many people may realize. According to a new report by the Guardian, “in some cases, coaches and instructors have exploited children’s vulnerabilities and the physical contact sport enables in order to groom and abuse them.” All of the perpetrators in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse study were male. Sports clubs were the most common location for the abuse. Sexual harassment and abuse can take many different forms.
- Unwanted touching or kissing
- Requests for sexual favors
- Using sexually explicit language
It is common for schools to hire independent coaches in various fields from soccer to gymnastics. If a child is sexually abused by a coach, the school that they may have worked for could be held liable. Schools must properly supervise the children in their care to protect them from abuse. Consider, for example, Taylor v. Oakland Scavenger Co., 17 Cal. 2d 594 [110 P.2d 1044], “It is the duty of the school authorities to supervise at all times the conduct of the children on the school grounds and to enforce those rules and regulations necessary to their protection.” There are a number of steps that should be taken after any instance of sexual abuse.
- A police report should be made.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- An experienced child sexual abuse attorney should be consulted.
Much of the child sexual abuse that takes place could have been prevented if it were reported earlier. Sadly, it is common for teachers and school faculty to turn a blind eye towards abuse taking place in their midst. Any person that is the victim of child sexual abuse may be able to seek some level of justice through a civil claim. California has recently passed a law extending the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse. A child sexual abuse attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Child Sexual Abuse Claims Involving Coaches
We at Carrillo Law Firm, LLP extend our best wishes to all of the people who may have been harmed by soccer coach Ernandes Dasilva. Any person that may have more information about what happened should consider speaking with police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what took place.
Have you or someone that you care about been sexually abused by an athletic coach as a child? You may have legal recourse through a civil claim. Our team of highly experienced child sexual abuse attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to getting child victims the support and justice that they are entitled to. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of help we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 626-799-9375.