Coaches Charged With Battery
updated: Mar 07, 2014, 3:58 PM
Source: Santa Barbara County District Attorney
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that three charges have been filed against Chad Johnson
and Matthew Giles, two former Cabrillo High School wrestling coaches in Lompoc, California. Johnson and Giles, age 45 and 22 respectively, are charged with
battery on a minor from the Cabrillo High School wrestling team, in violation of Penal Code section 243.2. They are also charged with contributing to the
delinquency of minors for their conduct that day in allegedly sanctioning a battery from other wrestlers on the minor. The incident is alleged to have occurred
on school grounds on or about December 9, 2013. Both individuals have been sent letters to appear in Court on March 26, 2014, in Department 1 of the
Lompoc Superior Court.
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The Lompoc Record reported on March 6, 2014 that a Cabrillo High School student and former wrestler is suing the Lompoc Unified
School District for injuries after he allegedly was assaulted by three students, a beating he claims was orchestrated by coaching staff members.
Chad Johnson, Matthew Giles, and Chewy Medrano have been named in the lawsuit as three former wrestling coaches. "According to the complaint,
Realpe, who was a member of the school’s wrestling team, arrived at practice Dec. 9 and allegedly was confronted by Johnson regarding the teen’s off-campus
fight with another student Dec. 6. The coach contended Realpe had brought embarrassment and shame to the team, the complaint alleges. Johnson allegedly
told Realpe that when practice was over he would have to deal with the consequences."
"After wrestling practice, the three coaches accompanied Realpe to the school’s gymnasium where three wrestling team members were waiting. Before the
three coaches left, the complaint alleges that Giles turned toward the wrestlers and instructed, 'no facial marks,' then told Realpe he would wait in the parking
lot to give him a ride home. The wrestlers allegedly told Realpe he made the school and himself look stupid by fighting and the three students were going to
teach him a lesson. They took turns wrestling with Realpe, allegedly hitting him in the face with a closed fist, elbowing him, and repeatedly pounding his face
into the wrestling mat, the complaint said."
"Afterward, Realpe had a bloody face, swollen eye and noticeable limp when he walked to Giles’ vehicle in the parking lot. Realpe said the coach looked at
him and said, '... so much for no facial marks,' then drove the teen home, according to the complaint. Once home, his mother took him to Community Health
Center where he was treated by a doctor." Read more on Lompoc Record.com
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