Tomas Portuondo, a Pembroke Pines, Florida insurance salesman and youth coach, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly sexually abusing a preteen girl over a period of three years, news sources report. Portuondo, 25, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on 11 counts relating to the lewd and lascivious molestation on a child between 12 and 16 by a person over 18. A county judge ordered that he be held in lieu of $30,000 bail.
Sources say Portuondo is a coach for a girls’ basketball team in Broward County. In addition, reports say Portuondo also served as an insurance sales representative. So far, it is unclear whether the youth team has spoken out about these allegations against their former coach. The allegations do not appear to be related to Portuondo’s role as a coach.
According to reports, the abuse started in April 2010 when the victim was 11 years old. Reports say Portuondo was friends with the victim’s family. The details of the alleged abuse, such as where it purportedly took place and what it involved, were not specified in reports. The sexual abuse continued for three years until it drew to a close in March of this year.
The victim’s mother went to the police regarding the sexual misconduct in March, sources say. During an investigation, police supposedly discovered text messages regarding the abuse that the victim had sent. Police are currently conducting an investigation to determine whether there may be any more victims. The Pembroke Pines Police Department Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with more information to either call or email. Tipsters may remain anonymous.
In court, a county judge set Portuondo’s bail and ordered that he wear an ankle monitor if he is released. If Portuondo bails out, he is also not allowed to contact the victim or any other minors, nor will he be allowed to reside at his current home with his adoptive mother if children are present there, sources indicate. The judge reportedly said the case carried “a certain strength” before bringing the hearing to a close, though more information on the evidence was not released.
Sadly, children are often victims of sexual abuse in South Florida. Earlier this month, Coral Springs resident Brian Keith Dunn was apprehended after he allegedly met a teen boy online and eventually had sex with him, news sources report. Dunn, 49, was taken into police custody on multiple charges, including traveling to meet a minor and lewd and lascivious battery on a minor. His bail was set at $150,000. It is unclear whether he hired legal aid.
The press did not specify the teen’s exact age, only that he was under 18. In Florida, it is illegal for any adult above the age of 23 to have sex with a minor 16-17 years of age; contact with children under the age of 16 is strictly illegal. Dunn reportedly met the teen online and kept in contact up until the two agreed to meet in person. Dunn later met and had sex with the teen, sources allege. Police learned of the alleged encounter sometime later and placed Dunn under an arrest. An investigation is currently ongoing.