More Sex Charges Filed Against Peninsula Coach

June 2 (BCN) A total of 28 charges related to sex abuse involving young boys have been filed against a Junipero Serra High School coach who allegedly met the children through his sports teams, authorities said.

Italo Arbulu, 40, a former track and soccer coach at the San Mateo school, faces the charges detailed in an amended complaint filed today in connection with a case that involves seven boys, most of them under 14 years old, according to the San Mateo County district attorney's office.

A preliminary hearing in the case was postponed this week because of new evidence and three alleged victims who recently came forward, attorneys in the case said.

Arbulu met one of the boys through a track club outside of school while he met the others through track or soccer teams he coached, according to San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Sharon Henry.

Authorities have released few details about the case, citing the involvement of juveniles.

Arbulu remains in custody on $600,000 bond.

About 1,000 students attend Serra High School, an all-boys Catholic school and part of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, according to the school's Web site.

Arbulu was arrested at his South San Francisco home on May 8.

His next scheduled court date is June 17, according to the district attorney's office.

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Last Updated: Jun 2, 2004