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Thousand Oaks - Westlake High School Softball Coach Arrested for Sexual Assault
4/18/2014 4:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Westlake High School Softball Coach Arrested for Sexual Assault

Report Number:

RB# 14-8669


City Of Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

April 17, 2014 @ 3:00 PM

Unit Responsible:

East County Major Crimes Sexual Assault Unit

      (A) Arrested  (V) Victim

City of Residence




(A) Garza, Robert Frank

(V) Juvenile Female


Newbury Park







On April 16, 2014, the Thousand Oaks Police Department received information that a Westlake High School softball coach named Robert Garza engaged in unlawful sexual activities with a 15 year-old female student athlete.


Investigators immediately followed-up on the report and conducted interviews.  Detectives believe the incident occurred off-school grounds and while Westlake High School was on Spring break.


At the conclusion of the investigation, Robert Garza was arrested for a variety of sexual assault charges involving a minor.  Garza was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura.  His bail was set at $100,000 and he will be arraigned on Monday, April 21 at 1:30pm.


Conejo Valley Unified School District Superintendent, Dr. Jeffrey Baarstad, and his staff is cooperating fully with the police investigation. The Superintendent will take appropriate actions based upon the legal proceedings.


Investigators are seeking the public's assistance in locating any further victims.



Prepared by:

Captain Mike Hartmann


Media Release Date:

April 18, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Jason Robarts (805) 947-8108


Approved by:

Commander Tim Hagel