Bench warrant issued for BCCHS Coach Scott Silva

Six new counts of sexual misconduct added to the 24 charges he was facing.

Girls Lacrosse Coach Scott Silva was arrested on Nov. 16.

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Girls Lacrosse Coach Scott Silva was arrested on Nov. 16.

Itzel Luna and Casey Wanatick

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Birmingham Community Charter High School’s (BCCHS) girls lacrosse Coach Scott Silva is set to appear in court on Feb. 8 at the Van Nuys Court West for his pretrial hearing.

Silva was arrested without incident on Nov. 16 and at the time only faced 24 counts of sexual misconduct which he plead not guilty to. A restraining order was filed against Silva to stay at least 100 yards away from Daniel Pearl Magnet High School (DPMHS), BCCHS and the 13 named victims.   

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Silva was set to appear in court on Nov. 28 for his arraignment but failed to do so resulting in a bench warrant for his arrest.

Since November, Silva has been charged with six new counts of sexual misconduct, resulting in a current total of 30 counts. Three of the newest counts are of California penal code 647.6(A)(1) which states that “every person who annoys or molests any children under 18 years of age shall be punished by a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars ($5,000), by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by both the fine and imprisonment.”

The remaining three counts include California penal code 243.4(A) which states that “any person who touches an intimate part of another person while that person is unlawfully restrained by the accused or an accomplice, and if the touching is against the will of the person touched and is for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse, is guilty of sexual battery.”

On Jan. 30, DPMHS’ Social Worker JoAnne Tuell informed students about the laws regarding sexual misconduct during grade level assemblies. She reminded students that every employee on campus was a mandated reporter.

If anyone has any information regarding this case, please call the Sexually Exploited Child Unit, Juvenile Division at (213) 486-0580, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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