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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Former Olympic Athlete and Track Coach Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Student

SAN JUAN, P.R. – United States District Court Judge Francisco A. Besosa sentenced Alexander Greaux-Gómez to 20 years in prison followed by a supervised release term of 15 years for sexual enticement of a minor, and transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, announced United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. On May 22, 2019, after a three-day jury trial, Greaux-Gómez was found guilty. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ginette Milanés.

On February 9, 2017, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, working jointly with Puerto Rico Police Department’s Division of Sexual Crimes in Guayama, and prosecutors from the Puerto Rico Department of Justice, arrested Greaux-Gómez, former teacher and track and field coach of the Salinas’s specialized sports school, “Albergue Olímpico,” for sexual enticement of a minor and production of child pornography.

During the trial, the government’s evidence proved that the female minor first met the defendant when she was in 7th grade and went to train and attend boarding school at “Albergue Olímpico.” The defendant, a former Olympic athlete, took a special interest in the minor. This interest became personal and then eventually sexual in nature. The minor was 15 years old and the defendant was 39 when he began preying on her and convincing her to engage in sexual acts at the school, in his car, and at an abandoned home school he once operated.

The defendant also communicated with the minor over WhatsApp about the secrecy of their relationship and would send extremely sexually graphic communications to her.

“The defendant was entrusted by the families of our community to care for their children and act as a role model. He betrayed that trust in the most profound way – by preying on a student he was supposed to protect. This sentence should serve to reassure the public that we are paying close attention to the well-being of our children, and that we will spare no expense to take child predators off the streets,” said United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. “We will continue to focus on protecting our children from the depraved individuals who would seek to abuse them.”

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Updated October 1, 2019