Reporting Derek Shore
FOLSOM (CBS13) – Local parents are reeling after their children’s swim coach was arrested on sex crime charges.
“He’s always seemed good to the kids,” said Mike Dunn, father of a swimmer on the Folsom Sea Otters.
But according to a graphic federal complaint Eric Johnston had very bad intentions when it came to kids.
The 21-year-old swim coach is accused of possessing child porn and attempting to molest at least one child.
“I was shocked to hear it was Eric and that he was accused of what he’s been accused of so far,” Dunn said Thursday.
Parents of swimmers on the Folsom Sea Otters, where Johnston swam and then coached children, are now fearful for their own kids.
According to the affidavit, Johnston set up a date to watch and possibly participate in the rape of a 13-year-old girl. The whole thing was orchestrated by an undercover deputy posing as the girl’s father.
In one email sent to the uncover detective Johnston is quoted as saying “I’m very much into that taboo stuff. I’ve had sexual relationships with young boys under the age of 14 before, so I kind of know how it goes.”
He then allegedly goes on to write, “I’m more interested in your son than your daughter.”
That fictitious son, according to other emails, is only 9 years old.
“He’s always seemed to be above board, work well with the kids, teaches them what they need to know,” said Dunn.
Dunn says he would have had no idea, but knowing Johnston worked with children as a coach for three years is leaving everyone on edge.
“We did talk to the kids to find out if anything kind of out of the ordinary had occurred with them and the answer’s been no,” said Dunn.
So far there is no evidence according to law enforcement or parents that any of the swimmers were victimized.
Johnston appeared before a federal judge on Friday. No plea was entered and he was ordered to remain in custody without bail. His preliminary hearing was set for July 3.