California Swim Coach & Lifeguard Arrested, Added To USA Swimming Banned List

A swim coach and lifeguard in Commerce, California was arrested last month for lewd acts with a minor. He was added to USA Swimming’s list of banned individuals this week.

CBS Los Angeles reported in early September that 33-year-old Jason Michael Anda had been arrested on suspicion of committing lewd acts with a minor under the age of 14. Anda was accused developing a physical relationship with a 13-year-old girl he’d met while working as a lifeguard. CBS Los Angeles reported at the time that Anda had been placed on administrative leave.

A LinkedIn page for a Jason Anda listed him as an “assistant swim coach” for the City of Commerce since October of 2012. The city told us Anda “remains on administrative leave” and had no other comment on the situation.

CBS reports that police started investigating Anda when they were alerted by the girl’s parents. The report says Anda “is believed to have met the girl while working at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center.” Police couldn’t reveal how long the relationship had lasted.

Anda was added to USA Swimming’s permanent banned list on October 16. He does not yet appear in the U.S. Center for SafeSport’s database.

Update: as of October 22, Anda appears in the Center for SafeSport’s database under the “ineligible” tag. That means his window for appeal could remain open.

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1 year ago

Wtf is wrong with men these days 🤦🏾‍♂️ smh

Christy Heiskala
1 year ago

I teach child sexual abuse prevention and it is gross that this is being referred to as a “physical relationship”, this is child sexual abuse. Minors cannot consent. This is a predator in a position of authority and trust who is coerced his student. Brains are not fully developed until mid to late 20’s, therefore even if the minor believes it is a relationship, once they mature, they see it for what it really was – manipulation and coercion. A great example is the movie The Tale, based on a true story. Sexual abuse is rampant in sports because of the way we tell athletes they must listen to their coach and do whatever they say, perform even when in… Read more »

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