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Lauren Matheney, 23, a coach formerly employed by Perris Union High School District and working as the JV basketball coach at Paloma Valley High School, was arrested on Jan. 29 on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a teen.
Lauren Matheney, 23, a coach formerly employed by Perris Union High School District and working as the JV basketball coach at Paloma Valley High Schoo...
Lauren Matheney was a 2008 graduate of Paloma Valley High School.
Lauren Matheney was a 2008 graduate of Paloma Valley High School.

Paloma Valley High basketball coach arrested on suspicion of sex with a minor, immediately terminated from position


Thursday, January 30th, 2014
Issue 05, Volume 18.
Stephanie C. Ocano
Editor
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A previously employed basketball coach at a Menifee high school was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 29 on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a teen after an officer found the pair in a car together in Murrieta, authorities reported.

Lauren Matheney, 23, of Perris, was booked on suspicion of sex with a minor and child annoyance/molestation, Murrieta police said. Matheny was the girls junior varsity basketball coach at Paloma Valley High School.

On Tuesday, Jan. 21 at approximately 10 p.m., a patrol officer investigated a "suspicious vehicle" parked near the intersection of Keller and Menifee roads in Murrieta, according to a police news release. Inside, the officer identified Matheny and a 15-year-old minor.

Upon further investigation, it was revealed that Matheny and the minor were involved in an "inappropriate and criminal in nature" relationship, the release stated.

The gender of the minor and the minorís affiliation status with the school or any sports program was left out in an attempt to keep the minorís identity confidential, said Lt. Tony Conrad of the Murrieta Police Department.

The Perris Union High School district was notified of the investigation the following day.

According to Superintendent Jonathan Greenberg, Matheny was suspended as a coach and separated from the team as soon as the school was alerted.

"That afternoon, we contacted the girls basketball parents that she (Matheny) was suspended indefinitely," Greenberg said in a phone interview this morning.

Matheny was officially terminated once notice of her arrest was made on Wednesday, Greenberg added. A message to all Paloma Valley parents was sent upon her termination.

A varsity basketball coach has temporarily taken over Mathenyís duties with the position planned to be filled for next year, stated Greenberg.

Matheny began her coaching career with Paloma Valley High on Aug. 16, 2013 after her "fingerprints were cleared," according to Greenberg. She was a 2008 graduate of Paloma Valley High School.

Matheny played two seasons of womenís basketball at Palomar College in San Marcos after graduation and in 2011 she played in all 27 games for the Lady Cougars at Columbus State University (CSU), according to CSUs athletic website.

The site lists Mathenyís favorite foods as Italian and Mexican and her hobbies as "watching movies, playing video games and listening to music in her spare time."

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Comment #1 | Sunday, Feb 2, 2014 at 11:37 am
Sorry besides the crime itself i cant help but laugh at the part about her favorite foods and hobbies. Actually shows myvalleynews looks into their stories rather then bigger name sites. No fault of their own and cant help but notice how their stories have proper punctuation and grammar unlike every single yahoo article. Thanks valley news.

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