SJ cheerleading coach arrested for molestation

December 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A San Jose high school cheerleading coach is accused of child molestation.

Energy Athletics is one of the places where the cheerleading coach holds practice. Police say he works for Energy Athletics which worked out of a gym on Felipe Avenue near the 101/280 interchange.

The cheerleading coach is 23-year-old Anthony Joshua Loza, who was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of child molestation. Loza is also a cheerleading coach at Andrew Hill High School in San Jose.

Police won't get any more specific, but they say the alleged victim is associated with at least one of the two organizations, either Energy Athletics or the high school. Police are not revealing the age or gender of the alleged minor, but they claim Loza's sexual crimes took place over a three month period beginning in September.

Police arrested him on Sunday at his home, which is in a neighborhood a few blocks from Andrew Hill High School.

A few neighbors in his cul-de-sac said tonight they didn't know him, but a fellow coach at the gym did have positive things to say.

"It was a tremendous surprise to everybody because we've known him to be such a good coach and also a good team member on Energy Athletics. It's just unfortunate that the situation even occurred in that way," said Royce Regua, a gymnastics coach. He also said he had no issues with Loza's work.

Loza is in the Santa Clara County Jail on $500,000 bail. Police say that they have no other indication there are other victims from the school or gym, but they're asking anyone with information to come forward.


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