PALMDALE – A local youth boxing coach who pleaded no contest in a child molestation case is now a wanted man.
Gregorio Gustavo Olvera failed to appear for his scheduled sentencing hearing Monday, March 23, at the Antelope Valley courthouse, and a no-bail bench warrant was issued for Olvera’s arrest, according to Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
Olvera, a 50-year-old boxing coach who provided instruction at his Palmdale residence, was arrested in November after molestation allegations were brought forward involving two girls under the age of 14, sheriff’s officials said previously.
The mother of one of the victims said Olvera ran a boxing program from his home garage, located on the 37000 block of Populus Avenue in East Palmdale. During one of the sessions, Olvera allegedly took her young daughter to an upstairs bedroom “saying he needed to massage her,” the mother said, and that’s when the molestation occurred.
Olvera was charged Dec. 16 with two felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14. He initially pleaded not guilty Jan. 6, and then he withdrew the not guilty plea a month later, pleading no contest Feb. 11 to one felony count of lewd acts on a child under 14, according to court records. A no contest plea has the same legal effect as a guilty plea.
Olvera, who bailed out of jail hours after arrest, had been out of custody awaiting sentencing.
A crowd of nearly two dozen people attended the scheduled sentencing hearing Monday, including the two alleged victims, their family members, and representatives from Bikers Against Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Response Services (S.A.R.S.) at Valley Oasis.
But Olvera’s defense attorney told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Blanchard that he hadn’t spoken to his client in two weeks, prompting the judge to issue the no-bail warrant.
The mother of the second victim spoke to The AV Times Monday evening.
She said the family was told that Olvera was to be sentenced to three years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender, as part of a plea agreement. He would have faced deportation after completing his sentence, the victim’s mother said. She said that’s why she believes Olvera may have already fled to Mexico.
Information on the terms of Olvera’s plea deal could not be confirmed with the District Attorney’s office Monday evening.
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