A former Hutt Valley women's football coach who allegedly
posed on Facebook as a female model to lure young women for
sex appeared in court today facing a raft of new charges.
Alejandro Gonzalez Mendez, 36, is facing 20 sexual and
indecent assault, drug and cannabis charges against 10 young
Police allege he sexually groomed, "blackmailed'' and
supplied cannabis to the girls between April 2010 and
September this year.
The Costa Rica national, who has a partner and two children,
was remanded in custody until November 22.
He was first charged with indecently assaulting a young
female in June.
Wellington District Child Protection Team officer in charge
Detective Senior Sergeant Neil Holden earlier described the
alleged actions of the former Wainuiomata Association
Football Club women's coach as "damaging and serious
The Wainuiomata painter, who has been living in New Zealand
for more than a decade, was stood down from the club.
- Rebecca Quilliam