Local girls’ softball coach charged with having sex with player

Jose Lopez

LANCASTER – A Lancaster man who coached a traveling girls’ softball team is facing charges that he had sex with one of his teenage players this year, according to court records.

Jose Trinidad Lopez, 35, was a coach on a championship-winning junior fastpitch softball team in the Antelope Valley that included 14 to 18-year-old girls.

Lopez is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old player on his team.

The alleged sexual intercourse occurred on or between February and July of this year, according to court records.

Lopez was arrested at 4:55 p.m. on Aug. 7 and released about seven hours later on $100,000 bail, according to the sheriff’s department’s inmate information system.

On Aug. 15, Lopez was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, one count of committing a lewd act upon a child, and one count of sexual penetration by foreign object, according to court records.

Lopez is set to be arraigned in an Antelope Valley courtroom on Sept. 11.

  66 comments for “Local girls’ softball coach charged with having sex with player

  1. Hector
    November 20, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Question yourself if at any moment a person believes this predators actions were some what not 100% wrong.

  2. Hector
    November 20, 2012 at 1:34 am

    She is 16161616161616161616161616161616161616161616161!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hes 353535353535353535353535353535353535!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It is wrong. At 16 u still are a kid. Iam 31 and i consider an 18yr old female a girl. What does a 16 and 35 yr old have in common? Nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!! That dude is a pervert!!! Yes a perv because instead of counseling young kids his having sex with them. I pray i never encounter such a situation with my daughter and i will be involved. But god forgive me if a man or a women takes advantage of my lil princess. Where were the parents in all this? A predator sees an opening and attacks the week. This guy saw an opening. Where were the parents?

    • LoyalSprintCustomer
      November 20, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Hector, maybe her parents were as blindsided with this as other people. 16yr old girls can hide so much. Especially if they are good in school, participate in sports, drive safe and maybe even has a part time job. No one suspects and their friends rarely tell on them because they share the teen code of silence.
      Where were the parents? Possible they were watching each and every home game, cheering from the stands. Waiting for their daughter to finish practice when SHE would come over and say she has a ride home.
      There is nothing okay about someone breaking the law. Usually the only people who see a 16yr old girl as a young child is her parents. She will always be their “lil princess” when in reality she has been out there doin her thing-thing…hoping she doesn’t get caught because she knows it would break your heart to see her any way but perfect.

    • no
      December 11, 2012 at 7:48 am

      i think its hot

  3. Evan Bench
    August 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    The more I think of this & the more, teachers of that age of students I have talked with that are men, I’ve been told that so many of those age girls enjoy teasing teachers by not wearing underwear while they are in class… Those kinds of things make me give pause to the position that Joey is in now.. The one sad thing is that he has already been tried and been convicted in this newspaper & doesn’t stand a chance in the court in that town… I hate to see him railroaded if he’s not guilty but if he is he should get what any one should, BUT I’M NOT SO SURE HE IS GUILTY… db

  4. August 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    My thoughts & my aching hart goes out to those family members whose lives have been alered from the lack of morals having been taught from back in the 1950’s through today instead of how to use a “rubber.” Were those morals taught, even one of them could have stopped this…
    Today isn’t too soon to start teaching MORALS but it’s going to be hard to get them to start living with good ones.. We now have a Country that is falling apart because of this troublle there haven’t been Morals in the White House so why should any one else have to live them ?
    What’s happened here with a 35 year old man(boy) and a 16 year old girl(wanting to be an adult) with both of them not doing WHAT IS MORAL OR RIGHT and should be taught instead of “the rubbers” in school, and should be taught in the home and the parents need to make sure to “TAKE THEM TO CHURCH” not send them !!! Only by living the rules of morality will we be able to teach them, I wish Joey would have spent more time here learning those things…

  5. Unknown
    August 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Everyone of you guys are ridiclous, y’all are adults and arguing over this situation and saying dumb comments that aren’t necessary. That’s why our town is so trashy because y’all don’t know how to shut up and just be there for the girl. Obviously it wasn’t her fault he was 35 married & had 2 kids come on really? There’s this such thing called karma is a bi**h and he will pay for his consequences y’all just wait, and for the ones that are saying pointless information why don’t you take your own advice and shut the hell up because we’re y’all there when this happen no?, so come on grow up.

  6. ****
    August 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Hey WoW if you knew all the facts then why didnt you do anything to stop it…if you knew he was going to all her games and then taking her home then why didn’t you confront her parents. Obviously you dont know all the facts. Also, when someone disguises themself as your family friend you tend to trust them and think they care about your family. Even if she acted like she liked him…it is his responsibility as a 35 year old father, coach,and ADULT to avoid this situation! I have a friend who was on the same team as the soccer coach who molested the young boys….it is the same exact story. He befriended those families as well, bought those kids gifts…are those boys responsible because their parents were manipulated by him as well. The boogie man never looks like the boogie man…they are everyday people. So get your facts straight!

    • Hector
      November 20, 2012 at 1:21 am

      I agree and parents be aware of those that get to close.

  7. wow
    August 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    He is completely wrong no doubt about it but this is a 16 year old girl that was not raped . They had a 7 month relationship. He should be punished for being so stupid but stop making her a victim. She was not rapped. She was willing to have a relationship with this man.. Her parents should have known where she was at all times.. I am in no way saying he is right but she should have to suffer some consequences. Kids need to know they can’t make adult decisions and she should know better then to get involved with an adult man just as much as him ..

    • teshi
      August 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm

      You said it!! here let me quote you”. Kids need to know they can’t make adult decisions and she should know better then to get involved with an adult man just as much as him ” She is a KID, he is an ADULT!! Bottom LINE! Statutory Rape! Look it up!! And this Kid 16 doesnt = 18!! 16 by LAW IS A MINOR! He will be labeled a sexual predator!! Because that is EXACTLY what he is!! Dont try and sugar coat what he did, or the VITIMS age!! 16 under age BOTTOM LINE! he is a PERVE!! TWICE HER AGE!! WITH CHILDREN!!

      • Hector
        November 20, 2012 at 1:26 am

        He is a sick man because he made something so clean so dirty. I am a parent and its so sad that even when my child is doing something productive i gotta be on guard for sick ass people that cant control themselves. What is this world comming 2. Take sex offenders to an island and fill it with lions.. maybe that would be the cure.

    • ****
      August 22, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      until you know ALL the facts DO NOT JUDGE….thats what predators do, they prey. just because she was not raped does not mean she has not been victimized. how do you know she was not manipulated or how he messed with her mind. don’t you think she has suffered enough consequences…telling her parents, filing charges, explaining to people what has happened, having it being blasted in the paper…she is still just a 16 year old little girl…good job teshi!

      • teshi
        August 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm

        I agree!! This girl has to go through a lot, and will in the future, if this goes to trial! It is a shame to read how others want to try to defend this guys actions, by blaming a 16 year old and not the man twice her age!!

    • Get a Grip
      August 23, 2012 at 7:32 am

      I am shocked by your response! Your and idiot. She is without a doubt a victim. She is 16 years old. It is idiots like you that choose to blame the victim instead of the criminal that sicken me. No wonder so many kids and teens are afraid to come forward and disclose when they are abused sexually or physically.

      • Eris
        August 23, 2012 at 10:22 am

        We should all be shocked at what people like “Wow” says: “She was not rapped.(sic) She was willing to have a relationship with this man..” , but alas this statement comes those who prefer to protect the rapists, not the victim.

        The “Wow” goes on to say that she should’ve told her parents about this pervert, but what’s prevalent in this area and many areas across this nation is that many parents are against sex education in schools, and prefer to hide their children from the truth, keep them ignorant of such predators by hiding them in private schools or home schooling.

        Not preparing children for what’s “really out there” leaves them vulnerable to a life-time of despair, heartache and shame.

        Defending and praising rapists that they are within their rights as MEN to attack minors, debasing young women as ‘asking for it’, only enables more sick perps to repeat their crimes.

      • Evan Bench
        August 28, 2012 at 1:55 pm

        I don’t understand your writing what do you mean by your second sentance ? “Your and idiot.” I then went on to read what else you had written, it looked as if you didn’t..
        I’m surprised that so many of you who are willing to say things as to how you feel but only if you can be anonymous…

    • Protect the children
      August 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Wow, your and idiot. I’m sure your Iq is below 100. You just keep your eyes close and live in the closet you live in. This is not 1950 anymore. The predators today are smarter and know exactly what to say to the victims and the families. You should spend less time watching tmz and more time educating yourself on how these sickos work. Jose Lopez fits the exact profile of a sexual predator. Bottom line teshi is spot on. She is still a child. That’s it.

      • Frank rizzo
        August 24, 2012 at 11:10 am

        You don’t know this man..you might look like a predator also. What because the way he looks?you are an idiot. All you people saying he is guilty and judging him already are idiots. That’s why we have trials.

        • teshi
          August 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm

          Thats why we have trials!! Is the ONLY THING you got right! Idiot? NO JUST reasonable sane and KNOW the LAW!! The way he looks has NOTING to do with WHAT HE DID! His actions are what speak for themselves. And in trial he will be EXPOSED as the POS that he is!! Sad that his family, loved ones who STILL trust and believe him will be Crushed when ALL the facts and evidence shows how he groomed this girl, and her family, while pretending to be a loving and caring father! What shame and disgust he has brought upon himself! Labeled a SEXUAL PREDATOR for the rest of his life!! His FAULT AND HIS ALONE!! So get over it, and cut your losses now!!

          • Frank rizzo
            August 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

            Read the post before mine dumb dumb. Who are you calling an idiot you inbread person from Lancaster.

          • Protect the children
            August 24, 2012 at 9:34 pm

            You must be married to “wow”! And I did know him. And I wasn’t saying he looks like a predator. His actions of how he went about her are the same ones predators use.

          • teshi
            August 24, 2012 at 10:08 pm

            I wouldn’t mine that D-Bag! He is either a Perv defending his own kind or HIGH on Drugs!! We do live in the AV!!

          • teshi
            August 24, 2012 at 10:06 pm

            Are you on DRUGS?! SERIOUSLY!! You are calling others idiots, not me, go back and RE-read All the Above posts!! Here let me quote you, “You don’t know this man..you might look like a predator also. What because the way he looks?you are an idiot. All you people saying he is guilty and judging him already are idiots. That’s why we have trials.”
            Ring a Bell or are you still High?!! Now read mine just under your post. No idiot, calling…Wow!! The smarts we have in this Bunch!! >=]

          • Name
            August 25, 2012 at 12:24 pm

            Argue back and forth all you want I know this POS and all pointing fingers and trying to make it the girls fault as much as his will not take away the fact that when he is convicted everyone knows what happens to people like him in our correctional facility’s, hell they probably already know what’s going on before he gets there

    • wow
      August 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Get it straight I was not making excuses for him . He deserves everything he gets . I am simply saying she is not a victim that is my opinion . You can say what you want I know the facts . It is people like you that makes excuses for children that feel like they can make adult decisions. I have a teenager and I can tell you that I would not have allowed a 35 year old man attend my daughter’s high school softball games and then bring her home , I would not have excepted or allowed my children to except gifts from a 35 year old man for no reason. I know the facts. She was fully aware of what she was doing and everyone involved should be punished . So my opinion stands she is not a victim so talk all the crap you want .

      • Get a Grip
        August 24, 2012 at 6:44 am

        Wow, If you know the facts and so much about all this….Why didn’t you do anything to protect this girl? Especially if you are a parent?? Just wondering….

        • wow
          August 24, 2012 at 7:20 am

          When rumors started several months back she was questioned what was going on she stated they were just friends and she didn’t understand why people e saying that. Coaches were aware of the rumors and how the parents did not know Is beyond me . So that is why I have the opinion I have . I am very protective of my children and would have never let something like this go on if it was my child. Like I said I am not making excuses for him . He deserves punishment I am simply saying when our children try to make adult decisions they must be held accountable for their actions . She knew what she was doing and she walks around like no big deal it is a big deal on both ends.

          • Get a Grip
            August 24, 2012 at 7:29 am

            Just a little food for thought….Most of those teens and kids that are sexually abused dont come out and admit what is going on or what has happened to them. They are groomed by predators to not tell… review the research. So..Just because she didn’t tell at first…doesn’t mean she wasn’t a victim.

          • Hits home
            August 24, 2012 at 9:15 am

            Okay wow..since you say you have children of your own then I’m sure if this happened to one of your children then you would think diffriently about saying shes not a victim..regardless if she walks around like if nothing she is a 16 year old child and has no choice but to rebuild her life and move on

          • lets talk
            August 24, 2012 at 9:31 am

            Ok, how do you people know if this KID isn’t lying about this whole thing. Just think for a second, don’t be so quick to judge. There has being other cases where the kid has lied about things like this just for attention, keep an open mind, maybe, just maybe this is one of those cases and she’s the one destroying this man’s reputation.. Why don’t you all wait and hear both sides before you judge. If you’re a coach, and reading this, THINK about it this can happen to you!!

          • Frank rizzo
            August 24, 2012 at 11:36 am


          • ****
            August 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm

            ok WOW since you know all the facts then why didn’t you speak up when he was at the games, and taking her home. Did you know he was considered a family friend! Trust me i am sure her parents have a lot of guilt about what happened. How would you like for her to act…don’t you think she has been through a lot already! I can only hope that your family isn’t manipulated by anyone. Remember the boogie man doesn’t look like the boogie man. If you did know all thefacts you would not be so judgemental and cruel. By the way I don’t think anyone asked for your opinion anyway!

          • ****
            August 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

            @WOW so because she is responsible for this happening to her do you think he should go unpunished? would you like for him to coach your child’s softball team?

          • teshi
            August 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm

            Funny that you would NEVER allow this to happen to your own, BUT knew like many others and ALLWOED it to happen to another!!
            All you, who “knew/suspected” should have spoken out, to her parents, to law enforcement. If you thought she knew what she was doing, then why not talk to her parents, talk to this POS, let him know YOU ALL KNOW , and what he / they were doing was illegal, not tolerated?! You all allowed this to happen, as long as it was not your child I guess it was acceptable. I guess that’s why you are defensive and taking His side!!

  8. Softball Mom
    August 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    After reading the AV Press and seeing the quotes from the coaches the team name really shouldn’t be hard to figure out.

  9. Concerned father
    August 21, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Which travel ball team was this coach related to?

    • JB
      August 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      [Removed to protect the victim’s identity.]

      • Concerned father
        August 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm

        Not to go into much detail, but was this coach also associated with the Quartz Hill Little Leauge. I have daughters in that leauge that may have been coached by him. Just a concerned father.

        • Let justice take its course
          August 21, 2012 at 2:31 pm

          Do not convict anyone yet. If he is guilty, justice will be served. Remember he has children of his own that are going to be affected by everyone’s comments. Please keep his kids in mind. As far as QHLL goes, his children play there but he is not a coach there and if convicted he never will be. Because of the accusations it is not likely he would even try to coach kids again, guilty or not.

          • Concerned father
            August 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm

            I feel for his kids and family.

          • Let justice take its course
            August 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm

            Exactly. They are innocent victims. I couldn’t even imagine the pain they are going through.

          • Get a Grip
            August 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm

            Just wondering how you would feel if this was your teenager or child? Would you be so quick to protect the alledged abuser? It is sad that he made adult decisions that may have consequences for his children. From reports he is 35 years old. I think he was well aware of what he was doing and what the consequences of his actions may result in for his family and himself. As little as he considered the consequences for his children…I am sure he never considered or cared about the lifetime consequences that he may have caused the victim.

          • teshi
            August 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm

            I do feel sorry for everyone involved EXCEPT this POS!! If he had any concern for his Family and the children under his care he would not have done what he did. Yeah his kids will see what is said about him BUT it’s THE TRUTH!! He is SCUM, a PREDATOR, whom preys on Children!! Children like his own children’s age!! That is very hard to read and sympathize with anyone who violates the trust of the victim and the parents, thinking their child is safe and under the care of another parent!!

          • Let justice take its course
            August 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm

            Glad to know that you witnessed the alleged acts and are so sure of everything. I feel for your family also.

          • samantha
            August 22, 2012 at 9:38 am

            Both sides admitted to the actions, so obviously he is not just being charged. It is true. He is a pedophile.

          • teshi
            August 22, 2012 at 10:13 pm

            Funny stuff!! Who said they “witnessed” anything?! Read it right!! He was caught with a KID/TEEN that he is 2 times older, he was placed in a position of trust. Why because he falsely presented himself as a responsible, clear headed adult and PARENT!! He crossed the line by giving into his PERVERTED ways and violated the trust of this teen, parents and community, not to Mention HIS OWN FAMILY! Don’t feel sorry for mine, Feel sorry for HIS FAMILY, FEEL SORRY FOR HER & HER FAMILY! Those so quick to let this POS off must have some Skeletons in their closet!! Messing with a MINOR is against the law, AGE does Matter! Its against the law, Look it up!!

          • Softball Mom
            August 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm

            Fist of all while the comments may or may not be seen by his family he should have thought about his wife and kids before engaging in sex with a minor. If not convicted he will try to be involved in some way in youth sports again.

          • Softball Mom
            August 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm


    • ****
      August 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Does it really matter what team?

      • concerned father
        August 22, 2012 at 6:33 am

        When your a concerned parent and your kids are involved in travel ball, yes. There was no other intentions than me finding out which team so that my wife and i could determine if our daughted was coached by him, and in turn us doing the responsible thing and talking with our daughter.

        • S. Parker
          August 22, 2012 at 8:13 am

          You are right to talk to your daughter about this. I read in the paper today that this guy was associated with several teams. Hopefully your daughter did not cross paths with this despicable man. Good luck!

        • ****
          August 22, 2012 at 10:39 am

          trust me, if you were on that team you would know. unfortunately people just want to be nosy and everyone involved is going through a lot and posting the team name on an open forum is not very appropiate.

          • ****
            August 22, 2012 at 10:41 am

            if your daughter was coached by JOSE LOPEZ then the team doesnt matter!

        • Softball Mom
          August 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm

          If your child plays travel ball I am surprised you haven’t heard about this before it hit the press.

  10. Jacky Johnson
    August 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Why is there no picture of the molester?

  11. james stouvenel
    August 21, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Wow 2 softball coaches in Lancaster have harmed kids, dang

    • S. Parker
      August 21, 2012 at 9:37 am

      One was a soccer coach… not that it matters much. If these allegations are true, these men are predators of the worst kind.

      Thank goodness the children were courageous enough to come forward and stop this abuse from happening to anyone else. The softball case is especially sad because the team was so great. Hopefully all their hard work won’t be tarnished by the scandal.

  12. J. Ripper
    August 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Someone should’ve suspected something when the coach wasn’t a lesbian!

    • Protect the children
      August 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm

      Dont worry the lesbian for the other travel ball organization is rumored to be under investigation also!!! For the same thing. But I guess because it’s a woman it’s not as bad. I think they should throw the book and any adult hurting the children!!!

    • WOW
      August 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Both of you are ignorant must have an IQ of 150 at least but unfortunately for you it is -150 and there is no one else under investigation. What a joke

      • J. Ripper
        August 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm

        Exactly, it’s a joke on the stereotype of lesbian softball coaches. Congratulations on getting it (or not).

  13. Protect te children
    August 20, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I know this man. My Daughters was coached by him. He is a horrible man and I just pray justice will be served!!

  14. miffed american
    August 20, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I cannot say what I hope he gets in jail.

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