UPDATE: Bail Raised To $12 Million For Accused Esparto Child Molester

WOODLAND (CBS13) — A judge Thursday raised the bail for a foster parent and coach accused of molesting a child to $12 million bond after new allegations were revealed in the criminal complaint, including a second victim of child abuse.

Cristan James Rooms, 29, of Esparto made his first appearance in a Yolo County Court in Woodland. He’s accused of sexually assaulting a boy under 14 whom he mentored and coached in soccer and bowling.

According to court documents, the abuses happened between 2007 and 2011. Rooms is now facing 48 counts of felony child molestation and six misdemeanor chargers of abusing or endangering the welfare of a child.

The charges in the 18-page criminal complaint allege that he showered with a victim numerous times, that he masturbated a victim to ejaculation, touched a victim’s penis and buttocks outside the victim’s clothes, and that he spanked a victim and gave him an enema.

Rooms, who is licensed with the state as a foster parent and coaches youth soccer in Vacaville, was arrested outside his Esparto home by the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

Rooms was booked into th Monroe Detention Facility in Woodland, where bail was originally set at $2,750,000.

The warrant for Rooms’ arrest came after a comprehensive investigation by sheriff’s detectives in which it was revealed that Rooms had sexually assaulted a boy under 14 whom he was mentoring coaching in soccer and bowling, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office on Wednesday.

Rooms is a youth soccer coach with the Vacaville Youth Soccer League and Soccer Nation in Vacaville. Soccer Nation officials declined to go on camera but said they are notifying coaches and parents in the league about the investigation.

The boy was not one of Rooms’ foster children.

Detectives learned of the alleged abuse after a friend of Rooms came forward concerned about the nature of the relationship between the boy and the mentor.

“You know, I think it’s unusual,” Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto said.

Yolo County Child Welfare Services has removed a 6-year-old foster child from Rooms’ custody. That boy is not believed to be one of the alleged victims.

“He didn’t seem like he’d be a child molester,” a neighbor, Karen Daneilson, told CBS13 on Wednesday. “I can’t believe this. He seemed like a nice guy. It’s bizarre to me. I’m really in shock.”

Another neighbor, Thomas Cope, is 16 and lives next door to Rooms.

“Was he ever inappropriate with you in any way?” CBS13’s Laure Cole asked Cope.

“No,” he said.

Cope has been to the suspect’s house several times to play video games and said he feels comfortable around him.

“I don’t think he did it because I used to sleep over there once in a while,” he said. “I could fall asleep on the couch.”

But Thomas’ mother, Adeladia Cope, was dismayed by the allegations.

“Oh, it’s sick. It’s horrible,” she said Thursday. “We liked him. We respected him.”

Detectives are continuing the investigation to determine if there are more victims. Anyone with additional information about Rooms or the investigation are asked to call Detective Jennifer Davis at (530) 668-5215.

  • nothingchanges

    Lock up this punk and throw away the key !

  • Tapestry

    In a 5 years there will no longer be any youth programs because adults will be worried about being accused by a teenager that does not’ like them or the way they run the program,, not every accusation is truth.
    False reports are rampant nowadays.

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  • JMHO55

    Stupid comment of the day:

    ““He didn’t seem like he’d be a child molester,” a neighbor, Karen Daneilson, told CBS13. “I can’t believe this. He seemed like a nice guy.”

    Why do people think “nice” and “child molester” are mutually exclusive? Being nice is a PREREQUISITE for being a child molester.

  • sally

    this is for JMH055 your comment Being nice is a PREREQUISITE I don’t think so. this moran just didn’t have a background check done on him like all the other sex offenders out there.

  • Kelly

    Background checks only work AFTER someone is on the sex-offender registry, folks. And JMH055, you are correct, most sex offenders find ways to work with children–priests, coaches, etc.

  • Waiting for the verdict.

    IF he turns out to be guilty, I hope they throw away the key. And I hope these kids can recover. They have a hard road ahead. God bless them.

  • Gave us the creeps

    Husband and I had bad vibes about him and wouldn’t let our teenage son go over to his house like everybody in the neighborhood did. No concrete observations just a gut feeling. He was always uneasy around us. Guess he knew that we were involved parents. This should not be such a “shock” to the neighbors If they would have been more engaged with their children’s coming and goings. He had toys for the kids to play with and never had adults over at his house. Gave us the creeps. I guess some of the neighborhood parents were just glad to get their kids out of their hair and free babysitting. It comes with a price. Our son thought we were up tight parents….now he knows! I pray for those boys and get no joy from my gut instincts being right.

    • Sad but true

      I wish I would have followed my gut instinct. I have been to his house quite a few times. And all the signs were there, but I refused to see them for what they were.

  • Iggee

    Just because he didn’t molest every young boy he came into contact with, doesn’t mean he’s not a molester. Molesters choose victims who appear to be unprotected or vulnerable. They are less likely to molest someone who appears less vulnerable, or whose parents/guardians appear protective or watchful. And I’m sorry, maybe it’s a stereotype, but how many single men want to just hang out with young boys in their homes, alone? I have adult single male friends. They tend to associate with folks their own age.

  • Drew

    Ive know this guy for about 10 years now, every now and then i got a bad vibe from him but thought nothing of it, he was like a father figure to me since my parents were never around. and to see this just shocks me, i mean he followed me from school to school just to keep me out of trouble, but im guessing thats not the real reason. i used to go to his house every weekend, he always told me once kids turn 13 they just ignore him, but when i turned 13 he just started blowing me off and now i see why. i hope Cris is gone for a long time

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