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Cops: Murrieta Coach Provided Porn, Drugs, Alcohol to Kids

Michael David Atkins, 44, of Temecula, was booked into the county jail on suspicion of giving illegal substances to minors under 14; selling liquor to a minor; contributing to the delinquency of a minor and giving harmful matter to a minor.

Murrieta Coach Michael Atkins   Credit: Charles McKee
Murrieta Coach Michael Atkins Credit: Charles McKee
By Mirna Alfonso
Patch Editor
A coach for the Golden Hawks Youth Wrestling Club in Murrieta was out on $50,000 bail Thursday following his arrest earlier this week for allegedly giving minors drugs, alcohol and access to porn.

Michael David Atkins, 44, of Temecula, was booked into the county jail on suspicion of giving illegal substances to minors under 14; selling liquor to a minor; contributing to the delinquency of a minor and giving harmful matter to a minor.

Only the drug charge is a felony.

The 5 foot 9, 220-pound Atkins was ordered to court Aug. 8, according to Riverside County sheriff's jail records.

He was arrested 4 p.m. Tuesday at 6413 Teton Trail, in Temecula, Murrieta police said.

The arrest came following an extensive investigation into claims by a booster club member that Atkins had developed a personal friendship with at least three youths on the club team.

According to MPD Sgt. Robert Anderson, the friendships were forged over the past four months.

"An in-depth investigation revealed that the inappropriate actions took place off campus and there is no connection with the school or district," Anderson wrote in a news release.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Paul Johnson, 951-461-6359, or Anderson at 951-461-6317.

The wrestling club rents the gym at Murrieta Valley High School.

Atkins just last Saturday took part in an AAU tournament at Murrieta Valley High.

Wrestlers from all over Southern California flocked to the Nighthawks Nest to compete.

Wrestlers ranged from 5 to 18 years old. It was the first AAU tournament in Murrieta and the surrounding area ever according to AAU records.

Editor’s Note: The outcome of these allegations, as well as the facts, may change as the case progresses through the legal system. Not all details of each investigation are made public. All items are alleged to have occurred. There should be no assumption of guilt.







Alek J Hidell June 14, 2013 at 08:24 PM
Was Atkins coaching that Greco-Roman style of wrestling?.... hmmmm. say no more.
Robert Gonzalez June 14, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Hey Patch, why not blur the face of the innocent guy?
Erin June 15, 2013 at 11:29 AM
^^^Exactly...poor journalism right there.
glenn decicco June 15, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Im not sure which is more disgusting. The fact that this guy was doing this or the fact that only the drug charge is a felony. When will the lawmakers that be wake their fat overpaid asses up and start creating laws that are much stricter in order to protect children. If this guy is handing out porn to kids then chances are thats not all he has done with children. Any sex crime involving a child whether its showing them porn or any suggestive or sexual contact needs to be more punishible.
TheOtherGuy June 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM
very frequently those who supply young people with porn and/or liquor do so with the intention of molesting them.
David June 17, 2013 at 12:09 AM
I would like this photo removed, I have nothing to do with these charges and don't want to be associated with them. Please remove my image from this article!
cindylu June 17, 2013 at 02:15 AM
I can't believe that patch would post a picture of a criminal and not edit the innocent (David) out. As I looked at the picture I was confused as to whom was the criminal... David I hope patch edits this picture A.S.A.P.
SA June 18, 2013 at 11:05 AM
If in fact the picture is not the perp then that really sucks but at the same time funny as heck.
Lynda StarWriter June 18, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Nuthin' funny about serious allegations NOR the word in the headline: PROVIDED...as if the victims were guests of a smutty, mind-altering buffet.
livinsloher June 19, 2013 at 10:48 AM
so I am confused can someone tell me was the guy in the picture arrested at his home? or do they have the wrong picture of who was arrested? I know innocent until proven guilty but we all know that isn't the case either if there is enough evidence then they arrest. so tell me is this the man in the picture they say was arrested for so called crimes?
justin June 25, 2013 at 10:05 PM
the accusing have no idea what they have done to a innocent soul. this man wears his emotions on his sleeves and would help anybody in need, before his. he is happily re-married, has a ex wife that goes out of her way to make his life miserable because shes a control freak, just retired from the military and now just because some kids got "mad", this is their way of getting him back. all i say is, karma is real kids, u lie about something this big, destroying somebodys life like this, it will haunt u. about "glenn", who posted earlier, u assume hes a molester, i assume your a idiot for not getting the facts and not even knowing the man thats being accused of this. put yourself in his shoes, could u coach or trust any kid that would make up anything just because they were pissed.
REALLY....... July 03, 2013 at 01:28 PM
"justin June 25, 2013 at 07:05 pm the accusing have no idea what they have done to a innocent soul. this man wears his emotions on his sleeves and would help anybody in need, before his. he is happily re-married, has a ex wife that goes out of her way to make his life miserable because shes a control freak, just retired from the military and now just because some kids got "mad", this is their way of getting him back. all i say is, karma is real kids, u lie about something this big, destroying somebodys life like this, it will haunt u. about "glenn", who posted earlier, u assume hes a molester, i assume your a idiot for not getting the facts and not even knowing the man thats being accused of this. put yourself in his shoes, could u coach or trust any kid that would make up anything just because they were pissed. " Really.........after reading this garbage, I realized that you either know him or "YOU DON'T REALLY KNOW HIM...." "this man wears his emotions on his sleeves and would help anybody in need" Need of what: drugs, beer and porn! My God, these kids were taken advantage of by this pervert. He personally provided beer (three or more to 10 underage kids--boys and girls at a birthday party that went from 10pm to 2am.....HELLO...these are not college kids. and this is on one occasion, there are others!" "has a ex wife that goes out of her way to make his life miserable because shes a control freak" Actually his ex isn't a control freak. She just realized what a freak he is and tried to protect her children......Hello>>>>> Listen Justin, get your facts straight before you yak up some more crap that you don't know about.........there is a lot of history on this person....look it up and see. I wont trust him in a shower with you....would you? kids do lie when they are angry....but they also tell the truth....do you? REALLY................................................
justin July 16, 2013 at 01:12 AM
(really???)hmm, control much? first, ive known the accused for 15yrs so i think i know him well. his ex(u), put the "b" in itch. i have not met a sneaky,lying and ugly person such as u. dont be jealous hes a better person and parent than u. u look for anything, anything at all to make him out as a bad person. finally things go his way, u make excuses not to be a mother, and i bet that just irritated u to hell and jumped on this "opportunity" too make him look bad in front of his good kids. i hope god sees all your doing and puts u in your place. u know damn well the accused is not guilty, and the kids are old enough to make a decision, they dont need your conniving selfish thoughts. get on with your on pathetic life.
livinsloher July 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM
all I know for sure is I have a child who goes to this school as well as knows some of these kids and even goes to church with a few who have cried over this as they told of being given steroids. I do not want to judge this man nor do I know him however may the truth come to the light to either convict or set free! I know of a story back when where my neighbor girls were offered a ride because one of the girls were upset and crying so the man said to these little girls get in the back of my truck (had a camper shell) at that moment undercover was going by saw something seemed suspicious and stopped to speak to the girls as well as the man. He then was arrested and I called his neighbors to tell them what happened and they did not believe it but then again they were shocked to find out this man upon searching his truck and home had porn as well it had pregnant women in it and he had porn in his truck as well as a doll? I still don't know what the truth probably somewhere in between? who knows just because he watches porn doesn't make him a child molester but I felt it right to contact neighbors so they could speak to their children. when these crimes happen they are shocking and hard to believe and the molesters don't look like the monsters we in our minds think they should look like and they turn out to be our neighbors our family our friends then our minds are in shock and cant filter the facts however the facts are the facts and hopefully the truth prevails!
livinsloher July 16, 2013 at 10:42 AM
maybe that neighbor that told the girls made a stupid mistake and was trying to be helpful? or maybe it would have been a whole different scene had those under cover officers been else where? who knows the man had a cell phone and could have called police and said these little girls were crying and maybe should be checked out or maybe he just made a stupid mistake trying to be helpful? however again this coach has several not just one angry child making allegations more then one so maybe just go to court hearings and hear the facts for yourself because news articles get the facts wrong all the time as well as hearsay gets twisted but you can be assured if you know this man and there are holes in his story or you have several children with similar stories then maybe you need to be more open minded. and divorce goes both ways and no one is innocent and really only the two in that marriage KNOW the truth!
justin July 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM
i agree with, may the truth prevail. u have a child that goes to the school and church that have cried over this. and....i heard california is the gang capital of america. so im gonna belive everytime i leave the house, im gonna be dodging drive bys. to disipline a teenager nowa days is nothing like the old days. hell, kids today can call the cops if your spanking them too hard. most households,have both parents working and divorce is really high in america. time is limited when the majority of socity runs on the internet. kids are being raised on thier own or conviently by both divorced parents with different rules in each households. ok, america believes in fairness, how about looking at all this from his point of view. thats right, its hard to do when u got a few pissed off teenagers that got told what they didnt wana hear. by the way, teachers, coaches and maids shouldn't raise your kids, u made them, u raise your own kids and stop relying on other people to discipline, so u dont have to deal with them. kids hardly have any respect towards older people and parents. and yes, i agree divorce goes both ways but, one purposely goes out of their way to get a extra buck or use children as a pawn to try to make a person miserable for almost 20 years? that is really sad actually. sorry your kid goes to the same school, i hope this gets resolved soon.
REALLY....... July 20, 2013 at 02:36 PM
relax Charles..... I mean "Justin." if you really have know him for 15 years than I really don't need to say anymore about him since you know his History so well. like you said he did not do it, and time will tell. however, this time he cant blame anyone for his misdeeds another than himself. really alcohol and porn = ????. here we have another example of an "adult" taking advantage of a teen and getting his ass caught and now wants to play stupid and try to blame anyone and everyone instead of standing up like a man and yelling "I missed up....forgive me!" no he would rather have simpletons like you make ridiculous statements here and elsewhere, hoping to misguided others about who he really is. OH, by the way, I have some pictures to give back to you if you want them. thanks. see you later.
Charles Mckee August 14, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Mrs Sharon Fannin/ Larry Fannin (Really….) This is Charles McKee. I was informed this evening about this conversation you were having with Justin from Arizona, It seems that you incorrectly assumed that Justin was me. I have forwarded Justin’s full name and phone number to Maggie Avants, the editor of the Patch. Please contact him directly and settle your issues. Thank you.
REALLY....... August 14, 2013 at 06:42 AM
thanks charles. see you tomorrow....
REALLY....... January 29, 2014 at 09:12 PM
HEY......JUSTIN: "i agree with, may the truth prevail." AND IT DID WITH A GUILTY PLEAD........HOW DO YOU LIKE THOSE APPLES..BUD :/
justin January 30, 2014 at 06:31 PM
hey sharon(his EX), quit harassing me. i have a feeling emails the past month wont quit, hell you been harassing my friend for 20 plus years, why quit at just him. have some respect for your kids, his family and friends. those kids dont realize how serious they hurt him as a coach, father and a friend. shame on them for lying. karma hope gets you two. i heard you made a interesting appearance at his court date. fake crying and now using all this to make him look bad. your the bad parent. your using this to try to advance in your custody battles. can you afford lawyer fees on top of bankruptcy? most people cant. i know you have child support payments which you are not paying(or ever gonna pay), i think that qualifies you as a dead beat mom. quit blaming the world for your problems. how many times have you been to court and acted outta line in front of a judge?? what a waste of tax payer money for all your useless court arguments. how u like those apples bud?? why cant you just get on with your life? why do you have to make everybody around you miserable? go back to hell where you came from. you feed on hate and peoples misery. i hope karma catches up with you. and by the way, its a misdemeanor, all other charges dropped. look up plea bargain. so leave me and my friends alone. you and two others all ready ruined a good soul. arizona out
REALLY....... January 31, 2014 at 01:09 PM
WOW....I guess you missed the part about saving tax payers money...(we the state wont go after your ass for giving kids drugs) BUT....we do think giving them porno videos and watching it with them AND giving them alcohol might be a creepy thing.....so lets go after that. Well, he plead guilty to that without going to trial....smart thing (and who said he was stupid!). Remember...he brought that on himself. Since You brought up family court...there was no pending issues. Do you really think a person who makes these types of decisions should continue with that type of parenting? If you can take all emotions out of that thought process, the answer is absolutely not. He needs some serious parenting lessons--Be a parent first, a friend second. I don't know if you have any kids "Justin" but this isn't about custody....its about safety. We can go into as much detail as you want; however, I think it might be better if you take some writing lessons and try harder on formatting your sentence structure in a way that clearly highlights your arguments because I really don't understand what it is you are trying to get across in your post. As far as harassing you....I don't think so! This is an open forum for conversation pertaining to current events. As a matter of fact, I am responding to your first post on 06/25/2013: if you feel the need to respond to this article, then I have every right as well. By The Way...the most important thing that he failed to acknowledge is a simple "I'm Sorry." to those he hurt with his truly abhorrent actions. Now How do you like those apples Bud :/

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