Burglar helps arrest sex abuse suspect

Burglar helps arrest sex abuse suspect

Published Dec. 20, 2013 12:00 a.m. ET

Spanish police say a burglar has helped them arrest a soccer coach in southern Spain who they believe sexually abused some boys he trained.

Police said the burglar, who hid his identity from the police, provided an anonymous note along with video tapes found during a robbery showing the abuse. He said he would leave the evidence under a parked car.

According to ThinkSpain, the note, which reportedly contained the address of the suspect, read: "I have had the misfortune to have these tapes fall into my hands and feel obliged to submit them so you can do your work and put this ... in jail for life."

The alleged suspect works as a trainer for a five-a-side soccer club, which reportedly gave him easy access to young children with the team. After viewing the videos, police tracked down the suspect, a local coach, and arrested him.


Police records revealed the suspect had reported a break-in nine days earlier, saying that a burglar had stolen electronic equipment but failing to mention a video camera and the tapes.

Police said in a statement Thursday they had identified four victims who had suffered abuse for up to six years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.