DENVER — Denver Police are warning to parents about a man accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy less than two weeks ago.
Investigators say there could be more victims.
The man headed up a soccer league primarily for Spanish speakers — giving him plenty of access to children.
“What’s of most concern is he‘s put himself in position where he is with young boys in sports setting…That has investigators concerned there could be additional victims,” says Denver District Attorney spokesperson Lynn Kimbrough.
A 13-year-old boy told police Gaspar hired him to clean soccer fields. But Gaspar allegedly brought him to his apartment in the 10,000 block of E. Virginia to get soccer identification cards.
Once inside, Gaspar said he wanted to teach the boy how to play poker.
An arrest affidavit says “the suspect told (the boy) that if he won he would get $10, but if he lost then he, the suspect, would get to touch him for a minute.”
The boy says “…he won the game and won about $30.”
Gaspar told him “…to come next to him.”
Then, “The suspect grabbed a hold of (the boy’s) pants and pulled (the boy) towards him.”
But what happened after that is unclear, since the affidavit is heavily redacted.
“A kid looks at this person of authority, a teacher, a coach, a president. They’re confused. They’re like, ‘ like you. I feel safe. I’m laughing with you,’” says child psychologist Sheryl Ziegler.
Child psychologist Sheryl Ziegler says parents can help their children avoid similar fates by trusting their gut and never putting their child in a vulnerable situation.
“You don’t want a child isolated, with a person who’s in a position of authority, who you have no relationship, who you don’t know well, with no other people around…It’s a step in grooming,” says Ziegler.
And police worry this head of a soccer league may have used his position to lure other children.
“Someone who specifically has created a situation for themselves where they are around a lot of young people and we have this type of allegation, we do have concerns this might not be an isolated incident,” says Kimbrough.
Gaspar is now out of jail on $50,000 bond.
He is facing two felonies: child enticement and sexual assault on a child.