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Oakland Volunteer Coach Charged With Sex Offenses Against Children

A volunteer high school coach has been charged with multiple sex offenses against children for allegedly attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with what he believed to be a 14-year-old child, Oakland police and Alameda County prosecutors said on Thursday.

On Jan. 29, suspect Andy Miranda, 34, of San Francisco, contacted an undercover Oakland police officer who was posing as a 14-year-old child on an online social media platform and engaged in sexually suggestive conversation, according to police.

The next day, Jan. 30, Miranda met at arranged time and location in Oakland with an undercover officer to engage in sexual activity, police said.

Last Friday the Alameda County District Attorney's Office charged Miranda with multiple sex offenses against children, prosecutors said.

According to Oakland police, the San Francisco Unified School District has confirmed Miranda was a volunteer coach at Mission High School in January but is no longer coaching in any capacity with the district.

The Oakland Police Department's Vice and Child Exploitation Unit and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office said they are continuing to work together to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation of children.

Authorities said people who have information about Miranda's case, or are a victim or know of a child that has been sexually abused should contact the Oakland Police Department Special Victim Section Intake number at (510) 238-3641 or the San Francisco Police Department Special Victims Section at (415) 553-9225.

Miranda is being held at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $65,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court next Thursday to enter a plea.

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