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Grandview coach accused of sexual misconduct

GRANDVIEW - Police in Grandview have requested that Stephen Sanchez, 28, of Grandview be charged with a count of second degree sexual misconduct with a minor and two counts of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

The alleged crimes happened between October 2011 and January 2012 at locations within Yakima County. Victims in this case, say police, are minor females.

Sanchez was arrested last Friday, Feb. 22, after an investigation that started on Jan. 11 with an anonymous tip to police. He was released on Saturday, Feb. 23, after posting bail.

Sanchez has worked as both a paid and volunteer basketball coach for the Grandview School District and as a coach for Yakima Valley AAU girls basketball as recently as 2010, coaching many of this year's Lady Greyhound basketball team members.

Sanchez graduated from Grandview High School and still holds the WIAA record for most assists in a Class 2A State tournament game.

Grandview Superintendent Kevin Chase said Sanchez worked this year as a volunteer coach with the high school boys basketball team. He was a paid employee of the district in 2011.

Chase said that Sanchez is not currently employed with the school district in any capacity and has no contact with any students. Chase also said that Sanchez has been asked to not come on campus while the investigation is ongoing.

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