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Riverside Youth Basketball Coach Arrested, Accused of Sexually Abusing Minor

Riverside Youth Basketball Coach Arrested, Accused of Sexually Abusing Minor

Jun 20, 2022

A local Riverside, California, man who reportedly worked for years as a youth basketball coach has been arrested and accused of sexually abusing one of his underage female players.

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Jamien Nicholas Lovell Jackson, 41, was arrested Thursday by officers from the Riverside Police Department’s Sexual Assault – Child Abuse Unit, a local KTLA report confirmed. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center and charged with multiple counts:

  • Lewd and lascivious acts on a minor
  • Child annoyance
  • Sending harmful matter to a minor

Court records indicate that Jackson was released from custody Friday on $55,000 bail.

Jackson is accused of style=”color:#0e4170; font-weight: 600; font-family: cursive;”sexually abusing a female minor player in 2021 while he was coach of the girl’s traveling basketball team.

According to a local FOX 11 report, Riverside Police confirmed that Jackson had been associated with girls’ youth basketball and sports photography in the Inland Empire area for several years. Law enforcement officials believe there may be additional sexual abuse victims who have yet to be identified.

Multiple media outlets were unable to determine whether or not Jackson had retained an attorney. The alleged sex offender’s next court appearance is scheduled for August 19 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Riverside Police officials are strongly encouraging any member of the public with information related to a possible sexual assault of a minor involving Jackson to come forward immediately.

Anyone with information that could help in the ongoing police investigation is asked to contact Detective Edward Vazquez of the Riverside Police Department at 951-353-7136.

Individuals wishing to remain anonymous may email tips to the Riverside Police Department via RPDTips@RiversideCA.gov.

Other Riverside, California, Coach Child Sexual Abuse Cases

Basketball coach Jamien Nicholas Lovell Jackson is unfortunately one of multiple Riverside sexual abuse cases involving minors to have been investigated by law enforcement officials in recent months.

In April, Riverside baseball coach Kenneth Donald Callahan, 67, was arrested on numerous counts of lewd and lascivious acts against a child under the age of 14. Callahan was also charged with several additional sexual abuse-related counts.

Two victims came forward alleging that the sexual abuse occurred in the mid-2000s while they were both minors. The individuals also allege that the abuse by Callahan lasted for several years.

Callahan was reportedly affiliated with little league baseball in Riverside for many years and also worked as a coach and website designer, according to police.

Riverside, California, Teacher Sexual Abuse Cases

Also in April, a Riverside County teacher was arrested for an inappropriate sexual relationship with an underage student.

Amanda Quinonez, a teacher and water polo/swim coach, was identified after an investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department found evidence that she:

  • Committed lewd acts with one male student
  • Distributed harmful matter to that student (which included explicit photos of a sexual nature)

Other Los Angeles-Area Coach Sexual Abuse Cases

In March, a Redlands, California, youth soccer coach was arrested after police witnessed him having sex with a 14-year-old girl in the backseat of his car.

According to various media reports, Redlands police officers approached Jonathan Jeremy Ledesma, 40, during a vehicle check near Fairway Drive and Country Club Drive. The youth soccer coach claimed the victim was his girlfriend.

Additionally, in April of this year, a Costa Mesa soccer coach was arrested on charges of child molestation and child pornography.

Reports of Coach and Teacher Sexual Abuse Increasing

Sexual abuse against minors by both coaches and teachers is a national problem. A recent study issued by the U.S. Education Department confirmed that reports of sexual violence in schools rose more than 50% between the 2015 and 2016 school year.

Additionally, The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) estimates that 10% of K-12 students will experience sexual misconduct from a school employee by the time they graduate high school. A literature review of educator sexual misconduct published by the U.S. Department of Education indicated that the majority of sex offenders were primarily teachers or coaches, obtaining positions which allowed them to spend extended amounts of time with individual students.

But coach and teacher sexual abuse is not only a national problem, it’s an issue that has impacted countless innocent survivors here in Southern California.

Cases of coach and teacher sexual abuse and misconduct have been rampant throughout Los Angeles County and the surrounding areas in recent years. Dordulian Law Group’s (DLG) blog has featured numerous stories of area teachers and coaches who were either arrested or convicted on charges of sex crimes against children.

Some recent Los Angeles County-area sexual abuse cases involving coaches and teachers that have made headlines include:

Efforts to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse: the Child Athlete Bill of Rights

In July 2021, Child USA and The Army of Survivors – two non-profit organizations working to end child sexual abuse and support survivors – officially announced the launch of the Child Athlete Bill of Rights advocacy campaign. The Child Athlete Bill of Rights constitutes an official appeal to all those involved in youth athletics to commit to preventing future abuse by adopting four guiding principles.

The four main principles of the Child Athlete Bill of Rights include (under the acronym SAFE):

  • S is for SAY: Children have the right to say no at any time
  • A is for ACT: Children have the right to disclose to an adult when they feel uncomfortable
  • F is for FEEL: Children need to have the space and support to express their feelings
  • E is for EDUCATION: Children and their caregivers need to be educated about what abuse is and how they can report it

To read more about the Child Athlete Bill of Rights, please visit our recent blog.

What is the California Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Deadline?

The California statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse crimes is temporarily paused under Assembly Bill 218 (AB 218). AB 218, which took effect on January 1, 2020, tolls (pauses) the statute of limitations on all childhood sexual abuse through the end of 2022 under the bill’s three-year lookback window.

While AB 218 is in effect, any survivor of childhood sexual abuse or assault may file a civil claim seeking financial compensation. However, as of January 1, 2023, the standard statute of limitations will resume, and survivors who did not file claims will likely be left without any future legal recourse or ability to pursue financial compensation for various damages.

California AB 218 Treble Damages Clause for Cover-Ups

Additionally, California AB 218 features a treble damages clause which allows the courts latitude to triple financial settlements or verdicts in civil cases where cover-ups are proven.

For example, if you are a sexual abuse survivor who was victimized through a systemic cover-up (at either an individual or institutional level), and that wrongdoing was proved in court, a $10 million damages award could theoretically be increased to $30 million under the AB 218 treble damages clause.

AB 218’s treble damages clause was included as part of the legislation in an effort to severely punish bad actors who participated in systemic cover-ups (e.g. notorious incidents occurring over the course of several decades in organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America and Catholic Church). Despite the rampant abuse often occurring at a systemic level in various major organizations, AB 218 offers all survivors an opportunity at justice.

For additional information on California AB 218 and the deadline for filing a civil lawsuit for financial compensation, please visit our recent blog post.

What Damages Can be Recovered in a Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

A childhood sexual abuse civil lawsuit may be filed in an effort to recover financial compensation for various types of losses. Depending on the circumstances of your unique case, various compensatory damages may be pursued and recovered through a civil claim.

What damages may be secured through a California childhood sexual assault or abuse civil claim?

Some examples include:

  • Counseling or therapy expenses
  • Emotional trauma
  • Psychological distress
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Hospital or medical expenses

Although children impacted by sexual abuse are currently eligible to file civil claims regardless of when a crime occurred under California AB 218, the statute of limitations is different for adult survivors of sexual violence.

For adult sexual assault survivors, the California statute of limitations on sex crimes allows you to file a civil claim up to 10 years after an incident. In addition, the statute of limitations for adult sex crimes allows for a three-year window in civil claims where sexual assaults lead to the discovery of a psychological injury, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Contact a Los Angeles, California, Child Sexual Abuse Lawyer for a Free Consultation

Dordulian Law Group (DLG) is a proven California-based sex crime firm with decades of experience successfully handling childhood sexual abuse claims. We represent survivors throughout California and all of the United States, offering clients a unique type of legal representation which includes a four-tiered team of professionals known as the SAJE Team.

  • Tier I: former sex crimes prosecutor as lead litigator
  • Tier II: licensed in-house clinical therapist
  • Tier III: licensed and nationally accredited in-house victim advocates
  • Tier IV: retired LAPD sex crimes detective as lead investigator

Led by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, DLG’s experienced childhood sexual abuse lawyers have helped countless survivors secure maximum financial damages awards.

DLG: An Experienced Sexual Abuse Law Firm With Proven Results

Some of Dordulian Law Group’s recent sex crime civil lawsuit victories include:

If you experienced a sexual assault incident, don’t wait to file a claim. Contact our expert attorneys online or by phone for a free consultation today.

For a free and confidential consultation regarding your coach or teacher child sex abuse civil claim, contact a member of DLG’s SAJE Team today at 818-322-4056.

DLG’s childhood sex crime attorneys have helped survivors recover more than $100,000,000 in settlements and verdicts while maintaining a 98% success record. If you’ve been victimized by a sexual predator, we’re here to fight tirelessly until justice is served.

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