Former Olympic Gold Medalists Accused Of Lewd Acts On Child

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Paul Gonzales was arrested Friday and was charged with eight felonies including four counts of lewd acts upon a child, Los Angeles law enforcement said during in a news release.

Special Victims Bureau detectives were looking for any additional victims who may not yet have come forward with complaints.

Gonzales represented the United States at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, taking home the light flyweight gold medal in boxing.
Former Olympic Gold Medalists Accused Of Lewd Acts On Child
Gonzales, 53, retired from boxing in 1991 and has worked for the county Parks and Recreation Department as the head boxing coach at the Eddie Heredia Boxing Club for the past 10 years, sheriff’s officials said.

The county Department of Parks and Recreation issued a statement regarding the allegations:

“The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation takes these allegations very seriously, both as administrators and as parents. There is zero tolerance for employee misconduct within our Department. We are fully cooperating with the investigation being conducted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. We place a very high value on the safety of the public, especially children, who participate in our programs and who visit our park facilities. The Department will take appropriate and swift action to ensure the continued protection of all of our guests.”

Gonzales is currently being held at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles on a $575,000 bail.