DORAL (CBSMiami) – A volunteer youth football coach in Doral was arrested after he allegedly sent lewd text messages to boys.
The father of a 12-year-old boy was going through his son’s phone when he discovered lascivious messages sent by 24-year-old Fernando Hernandez, according to police.
The father recognized Hernandez as a coach of his son’s football team. He immediately notified the team’s head coach who contacted the city’s parks department who notified the police.
During questioning, Hernandez reportedly confessed to having sent the messages to the 12-year-old and another 13-year-old boy.
According to police, Hernandez began calling two of his players “Baby.” They are 12 and 13 years old. He is also accused of sending a text to the 12-year-old saying, “You are the best thing that has ever happened to me. I love you.” And then sending sexually explicit messages to both of them, along with a video and picture to the 13-year-old.
Hernandez was arrested and transported to the Turner Guilford Knight Center. He’s been charged with transmission of child pornography and solicitation/lewd & lascivious assault on a child.
A Doral city spokeswoman tells us he has been a volunteer coach since 2017.
In a statement the city said, in part, he was “…required to pass a screening and background check…” And that “Hernandez underwent and passed this required screening process.”
In court, the judge gave explicit instructions for him to stay away from kids.
“You are prohibited from going to any of the City of Doral parks. I’m also going to order stay away from the alleged victims and no unsupervised contact with any children under age 18,” the judge said.
The judge set bond at $22,500. Hernandez will also be placed under house arrest and must wear a GPS monitoring device.