A youth sports coach is suspected of sexual abuse involving a child under 10 years old, city police say.
Phillip Luna IV, 27, of Eugene was arrested Tuesday morning by Springfield police on four counts of first-degree sodomy, first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.
According to authorities, Luna is a Pop Warner football coach for the Thurston area. Additionally, Luna is listed as the Springfield United team contact person for a first-grade boys basketball team with Emerald KidSports, according to the organization’s website.
Kidsports “is shocked and saddened,” Executive Director Beverly Smith said in an email Tuesday after news broke of Luna’s arrest. Kidsports “follows a strict background check protocol with its coaches. In accordance with that policy, (Kidsports) does not assign coaches to teams unless and until they have passed a background check.”
Smith’s email did not address Luna’s current status with the organization.
A spokesman for Pop Warner could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.
The sexual abuse allegedly occurred six years ago, police said. Sgt. David Lewis said the female victim was under 10 years old when the abuse occurred, and the case is still under investigation.
Lewis said there are no allegations or charges related to any players that Luna may have coached.
All of the charges against Luna are Measure 11 offenses with mandatory minimum jail sentences. First-degree rape and first-degree sodomy convictions each carry a sentence of more than eight years. First-degree sexual abuse carries a sentence of more than six years, and using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct carries a nearly six-year sentence. The latter charge is a result of Luna allegedly having filmed or photographed the abuse, Lewis said.