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ICE lodges immigration detainer on Md. soccer coach accused of sexually abusing 7-year-old

Miguel Alfredo Flores (Montgomery County Police)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged an immigration detainer against the Montgomery County youth soccer coach who has been charged with sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl who was one of his players in 2015.

ICE identifies the coach as Manual Cruz-Flores, aka Miguel Alfredo-Flores, 47, and says he’s a citizen of El Salvador.

In a news release Thursday, Montgomery County Police said they arrested Miguel Alfredo Flores at Centerway Park in Montgomery Village Wednesday afternoon, the same park where the illegal abuse is said to have occurred. Flores was coaching at the time of his arrest.

According to court charging documents, on multiple occasions during the summer of 2015, Flores placed his hands underneath the girl’s shirt and touched her bare breasts. The victim, who is now nine years old, told investigators that Flores made "weird movements," which made her feel uncomfortable.

Flores owns the 'Academia de Futbol Salvadoreña,' which according to police has around 70 youth members. Flores resides in a split-level home along the 18000 block of Driftwood Court in Gaithersburg.

Flores is facing charges of sexual abuse of a minor and third degree sexual offense, which combined, carry a maximum of 35 years in prison. His next court date is not immediately known.

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