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Soccer referee charged with sexual assault

by Leigh Egan

“Complaint: The suspect was deported to Mexico…..TWICE”

An unemployed Wisconsin man whose reportedly been deported back to his home country of Mexico at least two times, is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old teen.

WISN reports that Cristian Sanchez, 26, volunteered as a weekend referee for girls soccer games at the Waukesha Schuetze Recreation Center. While at the center on January 29, he allegedly told the teen victim that he loved her while trying to kiss her. She refused his advances, but he attempted to kiss her on several other occasions, according to the police complaint. The teen’s 17-year-old sister said the incident occurred when the victim went to a van to grab a bag of chips.

Concerned that her sister was taking too long, the older teen went to look for her, and saw her in the parking lot with an “unknown Hispanic male,” later determined to be Sanchez. When Sanchez spotted the victim’s older sister, he “walked quickly to his car and drove off.” When police questioned the victim, she said the man told her his name was Miguel Garcia, later proven to be a fake name.

On another occasion, Sanchez and the victim were walking along Fox River in Waukesha when he reportedly opened up his jacket and urged the girl to come closer to him. He walked closer to her, wrapped his arms around her, placed his hands on her hips, and pushed his “erect penis” against her.

A few days prior, Sanchez allegedly showed up at the victim’s school. The teen said he was wearing a lot of cologne and had flowers in his hand. He tried to kiss but she declined.

When authorities questioned the suspect, not only did he deny the allegations, but he also gave them a fake name of Gustavo Sanchez and a fake date of birth. His story unfolded when police fingerprinted him and found out he had an outstanding warrant against him for battering his wife in front of their children.

Sanchez is charged with one felony count of sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age, one count of child enticement and one count of refusing to aid an officer. He faces up to 65 years in prison if convicted. So far, it’s unclear where he stands on deportation issues.

[Feature Photo: Waukesha PD]

Leigh Egan is a crime-fighting journalist and editor who specializes in breaking news and investigative true crime coverage. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Leigh’s work can be found in a number of high-profile national publications. For Leigh, learning didn’t stop after college. She considers herself a lifelong learner who frequently takes media and journalism courses to keep abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in her field.