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Former Mesa coach indicted for failing to report students’ sex abuse

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PHOENIX – A former coach at a Mesa high school has been indicted by an Arizona grand jury for failure to report sexual contact between two minors and another coach.

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office said Thursday that Joshua Anthony Bribiescas was aware that another coach, Kyler William Ashley, had sexual relationships with two 17-year-olds on Dobson High School’s girls junior varsity team in 2018.

State law requires professionals, such as teachers and doctors, to report suspicions of abuse. Failure to comply could lead to criminal proceedings.

They are to report to a peace officer or the Arizona Department of Child Safety.

Prosecutors said in a press release that Bribiescas, an assistant, also knew he was supposed to report.

Ashley was convicted Feb. 12 on one count of luring a minor for sexual exploitation. He was sentenced to 3½ in prison.

Bribiescas’ indictment was dated Feb. 11.

The family of one of the girls filed a civil suit against Ashley, Bribiescas and Mesa Public Schools in December.

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