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MORE PRISON TIME FOR SOCCER COACH

A former high school soccer coach has been given an additional 364-day sentence for sexual misconduct with a minor. Cristian Barboza, who was previously sentenced to five years in prison for raping a teenage player in Douglas County, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of sexual misconduct with a minor in Chelan County. Barboza had already been convicted of three rape charges in Douglas County involving the same victim earlier this year.

Barboza was a soccer coach at Eastmont High School between 2005 and 2010 and was convicted of raping the victim three times between 2005 to 2007, when she was about 14 years old and he was 23. Charges were not brought against him until 2019, after the victim came forward with accusations. Prosecutors had originally asked for a nine-and-a-half-year sentence, but Barboza was given a five-year sentence for those charges.

Barboza entered an Alford Plea for the Chelan County charge, in which he denied the allegations but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge to avoid going on trial for felony rape. The plea agreement stems from a charge of third-degree child rape that was brought in 2021 in Chelan County for an additional assault against the same victim.

Barboza will serve his 364-day sentence consecutively following his five-year sentence.

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