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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.







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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