Paloma Valley JV Coach Arrested, Suspected of Sex With Teen

A junior varsity girls basketball coach at Paloma Valley High School was arrested Wednesday on sex crime charges after police discovered her together with a minor in a car in Murrieta, police said today.

Lauren Matheney, 23, of Perris was booked on suspicion of oral copulation with a minor and child annoyance, police said.

According to a news release from the Murrieta Police Department, a patrol officer investigated a suspicious vehicle parked near the intersection of Keller Road and Menifee Road at about 10 p.m. on Jan. 21. The officer found the suspect inside the vehicle with a 15-year-old.

An investigation into the relationship between Matheney and the minor was initiated and turned over to the police department’s detective bureau. It became apparent the relationship between Matheney and the minor was inappropriate and criminal in nature, police said. The Perris Union High School District was notified of the incident on Jan. 22. According to a district news release, Matheney has been fired.

According to school officials, Matheney was a 2008 graduate of Paloma Valley High School.

On Jan. 29, Matheney was arrested and booked at the Southwest Detention Center. Although an arrest has been made and the case has been submitted to the Riverside County District Attorney for filing, there remains a possibility that additional minor victims may not have come forward, police said.

Any victims or witnesses with relevant information concerning this case are encouraged to contact the Murrieta Police Department, Lt. Tony Conrad, at 951-461-6309. All questions related to the employment of Matheney should be directed to the Perris Union High School District, Superintendant Jonathan Greenberg, at 951-943-6369 ext. .80101.


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