Sports Illustrated has reported a story detailing the arrest of John Gouveia, a former president of Team USA Softball, who has been charged with eight counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child younger than 14. Announced on Tuesday, June 28 by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, Gouveia was booked into the Alameda County Jail in Northern California on April 14. Gouveia was released the same day after posting $250,000 bail according to the sheriff’s office.
Gouveia spent nearly 30 years working in various capacities for the national governing council for girls softball from 1991 to 2019. While the victim who led to the arrest was not associated with USA Softball according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, the criminal investigation remain active and ongoing. This means there is a possibility that during his tenure at USA Softball, Gouveia may have abused athletes associated with the program.
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Even though John Gouveia has been arrested and is facing charges, the full extent of his abuse is unknown and there may be other victims.
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