Fontana Softball Coach Arrested for Alleged Child Sex Crimes After Swing and Miss

Fontana Softball Coach Arrested for Alleged Child Sex Crimes After Swing and MissSource: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
Juliette Kessler
Published on November 28, 2023

A Fontana man, with a past woven into the local sports community as a youth softball coach, finds himself behind bars for alleged sex crimes involving a child. Joel Sanchez Madrigal, 47, was cuffed and thrown into the clink after deputies got wind of his purportedly dark deeds with a 12-year-old girl.

San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies descended upon an address on the 18000 block of 14th Street, Bloomington, CA, on November 25 and slapped the cuffs on Madrigal. He is accused of contacting a minor to solicit sex and committing lewd acts with force, the department said in a news blast. The allegations don't stop there; Madrigal allegedly tried to sexually penetrate the child with a foreign object—by force no less, as per the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department report.

Madrigal, who is accused of preying on the innocent, found himself carted off to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. He's being held on a $120,000 bond. These disturbing revelations point to the possibility of more skeletons in the closet. The deputies' probe into Madrigal’s conduct has prompted them to suggest there may be more victims who've yet to step out of the shadows.

The authorities, concerned that Madrigal’s role as a coach could have placed him in close contact with other potential victims, have released his mugshot to the public domain. They’re calling on the community's voice; anyone with information about the incident or any other questionable interactions with Madrigal is urged to contact the Fontana Station at (909) 356-6767. For those wishing to shed light while remaining anonymous, the We-Tip Hotline lays out a welcome mat at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or on their website, as noted by law enforcement officials.