According to authorities, Erick Joseph Kristianson, a professional cheerleading coach who was previously accused of exposing himself to adolescent girls in Florida and fondling another child, is now suspected of abusing six young athletes as young as 11 in California.
In Fargo, North Dakota, on Monday, Erick Joseph Kristianson, a 44-year-old resident of Antioch, Tennessee, was taken into custody on a warrant.
The warrant was issued in connection to allegations that Kristianson had assaulted six girls while working as a teacher at a competitive cheer club and a high school in Mission Viejo, California. In a statement released on Wednesday, Todd Spitzer, the District Attorney of Orange County, announced the decision.
Kristianson has been charged by Spitzer with a total of 16 felony counts. These include seven counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under 14, five counts of lewd acts on a child aged 14 or 15, two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object of a minor under 18, one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object of a minor under 16, and one count of oral copulation of a person under 16 years old.
If found guilty on all counts, Kristianson could potentially be sentenced to 105 years to life imprisonment, in addition to five years and four months. As per court documents available online, he has been extradited to California and is currently being held in custody without bail.
According to sources, he is scheduled to make an appearance in court. It is currently unclear whether he has retained legal representation to speak on his behalf.
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At 44 years old, Erick Joseph Kristianson’s age has been confirmed.
A former cheerleading coach from California has been charged with molesting young girls.
In a statement, Spitzer declared that “Pedophiles will never stop stalking and grooming their prey unless and until they are stopped.”
According to him, the individual in question was not a predator who was hiding in the shadows and waiting to harm vulnerable girls. A coach was able to assault multiple girls while hiding in plain sight, taking advantage of their trust in him. He was confident that he would not be caught.
According to sources, the individual responsible for assaulting young girls has been taken into custody. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has reportedly pledged to ensure that he is held accountable for his actions.
According to The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Kristianson was arrested for alleged child molestation and child exhibition charges related to four juvenile competitive cheer athletes he coached in Daytona Beach while he was out on bail. This occurred at the same time as his arrest for the Orange County allegations.
Spitzer reported that Kristianson’s alleged involvement with California teens was revealed in 2022 following his arrest in Daytona Beach, Florida. The arrest was made on suspicion of Kristianson masturbating on camera to three children aged between 11 and 13, and touching the breasts of a 13-year-old girl.
As per the statement, it has been reported that all the purported victims in Florida were part of Kristianson’s competitive cheerleading club situated in Daytona Beach. As per Spitzer’s statement, following the news of Kristianson’s arrest in Florida, a young woman reached out to Orange County authorities alleging that she was assaulted by Kristianson when she was 14 years old. Kristianson was reportedly her cheer coach at the time.
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