Tennis Coach Charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct

A Twin Cities tennis coach was charged Friday with criminal sexual conduct after an underage girl taking lessons from him complained that he slapped her buttocks and spoke to her inappropriately, the Star Tribune reported.

Roberto DeFreitas, 47, was charged with criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree, a felony, in Hennepin County District Court.

Charges said that the 14-year-old girl's father notified a Minneapolis police officer about DeFreitas' inappropriate behavior.

The girl said she was taking tennis lessons at Fred Wells Tennis and Education Center in Minneapolis where DeFreitas led many lessons.

Last month she was invited into DeFreitas' office where he began speaking inappropriately and showed her a picture of himself bare chested. The girl said that DeFreitas also slapped her buttocks and commented on her breasts.

DeFreitas admitted to slapping her buttocks during an interview with police on Dec. 10. He also admitted to telling the girl not to tell anyone about their conversation.

Police said the investigation is ongoing. DeFreitas is being held in the Hennepin County Jail.

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