Nov 8, 2023
A former youth hockey coach has been arrested by San Jose Police Department officials on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, according to a CBS News report. Kevin Whitmer, 32, was taken into custody on November 2 after detectives with the San Jose Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce launched an investigation into an incident involving the sexual assault of a child.
Whitmer, a resident of Denver, was identified as the primary suspect, according to SJPD spokesperson Stacie Shih. Shih also told the Mercury News that the investigation determined that the alleged sex crimes happened at Sharks Ice in San Jose and at Whitmer’s temporary residence in San Jose.
Whitmer previously worked in various youth hockey coach capacities:
The alleged crimes occurred in 2021 and 2022, San Jose Police officials said.
“Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Whitmer and a search warrant for his home in Denver. On Nov. 2, authorities arrested Whitmer in Denver and booked him into jail on charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and possession of child pornography,” the Mercury News reported.
Law enforcement officials from San Jose and Colorado Springs worked in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to arrest Whitmer in Denver.
Sharks Sports & Entertainment confirmed having learned about Whitmer’s arrest on Friday and issued the following statement:
“This individual has not coached in our program since May 2023 and none of these extremely serious allegations were brought forth to our organization while he was involved with the program,” the company said.
The company said coaches are pre-screened and “SafeSport Certified,” as required by the governing body USA Hockey, according to the Mercury News. “Coaches also undergo criminal background checks,” the company added.
San Jose Police are urging anyone who may have information related to a sex crime committed by former youth hockey coach Kevin Whitmer to contact:
Whitmer’s mugshot was released in a San Jose Police Press release:
Suspect Kevin Whitmer, IN-CUSTODY
Anonymous crime tips can be submitted by using the P3TIPS mobile app, or by calling the tip line at 408-947-STOP. If the information you submit leads to an arrest, you are eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers Program, the SJPD press release confirmed.
Sadly, youth sports sexual abuse occurs regularly throughout the United States. Here in California, numerous coaches have recently been arrested for child sex crimes:
ChildHelp.org confirms the following statistics on sexual abuse in youth sports:
Additionally, an international study from World Athletics revealed the following statistics on sexual abuse in youth sports:
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