Soc­cer coach ac­cused of send­ing ‘sex­ual’ mes­sages to mi­nor

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Local & State - BY MARTIN VAS­SOLO mvas­[email protected]­ami­her­

The boys’ var­sity soc­cer coach for Som­er­set Academy’s Pem­broke Pines school has been ar­rested, ac­cused of send­ing “sex­ual” and “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” mes­sages to a mi­nor and ask­ing for nude pic­tures in re­turn, po­lice say.

Pem­broke Pines po­lice ar­rested Owen Cleve­land Gayle, 38, of Davie, on four charges, in­clud­ing pro­mot­ing sex­ual per­for­mances of a child, trans­mis­sion of harm­ful ma­te­rial to a mi­nor, un­law­ful use of a com­puter and so­lic­i­ta­tion.

Gayle used What­sApp’s mes­sag­ing ap­pli­ca­tion to pri­vately mes­sage a young girl who vol­un­teered with the team. He texted prac­tice and game sched­ules to mem­bers of the team us­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion but be­gan to send “in­ap­pro­pri­ate text mes­sages and con­tent that was sex­ual in na­ture,” ac­cord­ing to a sum­mary pro­vided by po­lice.

The girl re­ported the mes­sages she re­ceived to an­other soc­cer coach, who con­tacted the po­lice. When a Pem­broke Pines po­lice de­tec­tive took over the girl’s ac­count to com­mu­ni­cate with Gayle, the soc­cer coach sent nude images of him­self to the ac­count and so­licited the vic­tim for nude images, po­lice said.

Som­er­set Academy is at 20805 John­son St. Gayle was ar­rested at Cen­tral Park in Plan­ta­tion and ad­mit­ted to all charges be­fore be­ing trans­ported to the Broward Sher­iff’s Of­fice main jail, po­lice said.

Gayle pre­vi­ously served as a soc­cer coach at Soc­cer Elite Train­ing and First Touch Academy, where he pro­vided pri­vate lessons, and at the city of We­ston AYSO Se­lect Pro­gram.

In­di­vid­u­als with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about the sus­pect or who have ex­pe­ri­enced sim­i­lar in­volve­ment with the sus­pect are urged to re­port in­for­ma­tion to Pem­broke Pines po­lice at 954431-2200, call Crime Stop­pers at 954-493-TIPS or email [email protected]

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