FOLSOM, CA - Parents of children involved with the Folsom Sea Otters swim team were meeting with police Thursday evening to talk about potential victims of a coach arrested on sex charges.
Eric Johnston, 21, was arrested Monday at a Rancho Cordova hotel when he showed up for what he thought would be a sexual encounter with one or more children, according to a federal criminal complaint.
The hotel meeting followed multiple text and email exchanges with a man who he believed was the father of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy who was offering up the children for sex.
The man was, in fact, Sacramento County Sheriff's Detective James Williams, working with the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children task force.
In one email exchange with the detective, Johnston wrote:
My name is Eric. I'm 21 and I'm gay. I'm more interested in your son than your daughter, but it's your call on what the plan is since they're your kids.
Johnston also indicated he had molested children before.
I'm very much into that taboo stuff. I've had sexual relationships with young boys under the age of 14 before so I kind of know how it goes... I've never done this with a group. I've only found my boys by myself and kept them to myself since I've never known anyone else with the same interests as myself.
Johnston had been a coach with the Sea Otters for three years, according to team president Lisa Davies.
A letter to team parents urged them to be cautious.
"We want everyone talking to their kids," Davies told News10. "We want to make sure everyone is getting the help they need if there was an incident."
Folsom police spokesman Jason Browning said officers were holding a meeting with team parents on how to talk to their kids about the arrest.
The FBI was asking parents who think Johnston might have had inappropriate contact with their children to contact Folsom police.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net