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Girls Basketball Coach Suspected of Having Sexual Relationship With 15-Year-Old

The woman was apparently spotted by Murrieta police in a car with the teen.

Lauren Cecile Matheney.
Lauren Cecile Matheney.

A Menifee high school girls' basketball coach suspected of having sexual relations with a student is out of a job, officials confirmed Thursday.

"This is all very disconcerting, very sad," Perris Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Greenberg said. "The district, of course, had no way of knowing this kind of thing might happen."

Greenberg told City News Service that the suspect, 23-year-old Lauren Cecile Matheney, was terminated Wednesday, shortly after it was learned she was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation of a minor and annoying a child.

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"When we were notified by the police, we immediately took action," Greenberg said.

He said Matheney was suspended on Jan. 22, when Murrieta police initiated an investigation into the woman's alleged relationship with a teenager.

According to Murrieta police Lt. Tony Conrad, on the night of Jan. 22, a patrol officer was checking a suspicious vehicle parked near the intersection of Keller and Menifee roads when he came upon Matheney and a 15-year-old. He did not disclose what the woman and child, whose identity -- including gender -- was withheld, were doing in the car.

Detectives were notified, as well as officials at the Perris Union High School District, which had hired Matheney last year to be the girls' junior varsity basketball coach at Paloma Valley High School.

"It became apparent the relationship between Ms. Matheney and the minor was inappropriate and criminal in nature," Conrad said.

After a weeklong investigation, Matheney was arrested and booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta. She posted a $25,000 bond and was released Wednesday afternoon, within hours of being taken into custody.

More Possible Victims

According to Greenberg, the school district sent notices to students' parents at the time of Matheney's suspension, and when she was terminated.

"That way, any victims at the school would know to come forward," the superintendent said.

Police, too, are hoping anyone else who may have been victimized by Matheney come forward.

"Although an arrest has been made and the case has been submitted to the Riverside County District Attorney for filing, there remains a possibility that additional minor victims may not have come forward,"  Conrad said.  "Any victims or witnesses with relevant information concerning this case are encouraged to contact the Murrieta Police Department."

Those with information are asked to contact Conrad directly, at 951.461.6309.

Greenberg said Matheney was hired as the JV coach in August 2013 following a background check. The position was paid and involved supervising about 15 players.

Matheney, a Perris resident, was a 2008 graduate of Paloma Valley High School, Greenberg said.


— City News Service contributed to this report.

Steve Newman February 01, 2014 at 02:59 PM
American Girl- yes he slithered back from jail to spout hi liberal nonsense. I say where Obama and the Dems are ready to compromise with the reps on immigration. Now maybe something can get done. It is in today's Press for those who want to read up on it.
American Woman February 01, 2014 at 08:37 PM
Kleinstien, landslide? How so?? Reagan was a landslide, Obama won on dead people votes. No one wins 100% of precinct, no one! Even Saddam Huesane couldnt do that. Google landslide and see what it says. Educate yourself while you sit in your dirty undies in the dark.
American Woman February 01, 2014 at 08:40 PM
Have you seen how many people have been busted for voter fraud?? If you do the math if Romney got about 400,000 more votes in certain states it was his. I think he had them, but those democrats are cheaters. Look what a great job Barry is doing, you are the idiot. 5th state of the union and the lowest turnout ever. HIs own party is turning on him. Fun to watch! How is that disability of yours? You well enough to work yet? I think you are.
American Woman February 01, 2014 at 08:40 PM
Jeff wears his wifes clothes while she goes to work to support him.
American Woman February 02, 2014 at 12:47 AM
I have never ran cowardly in my life. Meet you any day any time. You are the coward.
southernbelle February 02, 2014 at 01:26 PM
@Thresher and Vic--every time I volunteer/volunteered at a different school (elementary, middle, high) as a volunteer I have to do a life scan and background check. I have to pay for it myself. I know that is a minimal "check" and certainly not even close to the extent a full time person should have to submit to, nut my main point is that I had to pay myself--for a VOLUNTEER position. I was fully willing because it was my heart to do the work. I would look at your suggestion as teachers/coaches paying for their "bgchecks" as a minor investment to their careers. Also, I would think that checks will not reveal any profiling of potential hazard though. Lust is human nature and lack of self discipline is a major flaw that does not always rear it's ugly head until an initial situation arises that triggers the evidence of it--or lack thereof. If there's no history, there'd be no reason to deny a job to someone. I continue to suggest cameras in EVERY class room, gym, pool area, weight room, etc., for the benefit of every teacher and every student to help deter criminal behaviors on campus. Off campus, there's sadly not a lot we can do. Parents are the openly control. My hubby and I have always had set rules for all our children at varying ages; for teachers, coaches, babysitters, sleepovers, etc. You just have to these days. But I have to be realistic and say that having rules and teaching our kids safety is still not always enough. Kids feel pressured, blinded, coerced, bribed, etc, to predators. Even young girls who develop "crushes" on teachers/coaches and go along with them thinking they are finally being accepted and loved--it is STILL predatory on the adults part!!! Minors do NOT have the capacity to understand the full gamut or consequences of engaging with an adult. This may be the case here.
American Woman February 02, 2014 at 01:38 PM
Wow look at this landslide libs http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx down down down.........
ChrisG February 02, 2014 at 02:06 PM
@jeff, I'm not a racist or a bigot. I leave that to you libs. I am for fair immigration that allows people to assimilate into our society. Allows people to climb the ladder. What we have here is a system of masses of people fleeing their homeland of poverty and corruption. I get that. There are jobs here. Set up an effective work visa program for farmers. Teach them English so their children aren't stuck in low paying jobs but no citizenship unless they follow the rules. No skipping ahead of others that are following the rules. There are just so many here now that don't feel they should change. Too many means we become more like the place they are fleeing from. Does anyone want that?
Vic February 02, 2014 at 02:15 PM
@southernbelle, well said. And your cameras in every room suggestion would be ideal but expensive. If the teacher's union is not willing to pay for anything but minimal background checks, I doubt the school system would cough up the money for cameras everywhere. So sad that measures like these need to be discussed at all but these are the times we live in.
Thresher 200 February 02, 2014 at 02:55 PM
Although expensive, cameras are a great idea although I have to agree with Vic. Also, there might be issues about locker rooms and gyms, restrooms, etc. I wouldn't somebody looking at me when I'm in my birthday suit! Besides, most of these events happen off campus. Sex predators are lacking self-control and the polygraph would pick it up, while the psychiatric eval would determine the extent. Yes. We all have our sexual fantasies to one extent or the other, but most of us can control our thoughts and keep fantasies as just fantasies. A few people with personality disorders would prove different. Just the thought of psyhe evals and lie-detection alone would be a deterrence for predators.
Thresher 200 February 02, 2014 at 03:05 PM
American Woman, Chris, Jeff and Steve -- these posts are supposed to be related to a coach who was arrested for molesting a 15 year-old. Your posts are totally unrelated. Could you please post somewhere else? Your posts are fine, just not the right place. Illegal immigration and Dem vs. Rep politics belong somewhere else.
ChrisG February 02, 2014 at 03:21 PM
@thresher, my comments are in direct response to someone else's. I'm sorry if you don't like the direction these comments take but sometimes that happens.
Thresher 200 February 02, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Chris, take in the source and leave it alone. Some people are just looking for attention. Hey, doesn't that Lauren lady (Coach) look sinister to you? She looks like she should be behind bars. ...creeps me out! I wonder what that 15 year-old was thinking?
American Woman February 02, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Thresher 200 now that you think you can tell me what to do, I am all over this post.
American Woman February 02, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Does anyone like Lasagna? I do........ (for Thresher 200)
American Woman February 02, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Wow, how about those Seahawks.........
American Woman February 02, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Sure is cold outside......
American Woman February 02, 2014 at 07:47 PM
Did anyone notice how hot Kurt Russell still is?
southernbelle February 02, 2014 at 09:21 PM
I agree that they would be expensive--but so are lawsuits, false accusations toward teachers, etc. It would be money well spent. It's not just sexual predation everyone has to worry about anymore--there are all sorts of controversial issues, accusations, and conflicts at hand these days. Camera's would certainly help solve a lot of problems. Also, Thresh--I don't think camera's in locker rooms or restrooms would fly. Our local high schools have extreme outdoor surveillance right now! Not only can they view the campus- but view outward quite a way. So if outdoor surveillance was found to be necessary…I think the powers that be need to consider indoor as well. Anyway--it still doesn't solve the problems of off campus student predation. Like Vic said--it's a tragedy that this even needs to be discussed and solutions brainstormed.
Thresher 200 February 03, 2014 at 01:34 AM
Cameras work good on campus, but other than finding an occasional student smoking a cigarette, I don't believe they'll find anything. As far as I've seen, the dirty deeds are committed off campus in a car, teacher's house or anywhere secluded. So far, there hasn't been any lawsuits pertaining to checks being done to law enforcement. I just found out from my daughter, her husband had the same checks for the fire department. I'm not sure where, though.
ChrisG February 03, 2014 at 08:51 AM
Cameras in the classroom are a great idea. They would be great for helping teachers keep unruly kids out of the classroom and for keeping perverted teachers from feeding their students semen frosted cookies. Why smarter than shelling out money for iPads.
Thresher 200 February 03, 2014 at 10:57 AM
I'm not saying it's a bad idea, it can be a big help to teachers, as you say. I'm sure the cameras can pick out kids eating cookies, but not quite sure how a camera can pick up the ingredients of a cookie?
southernbelle February 03, 2014 at 12:13 PM
eeew, gross, Chris!! You're right about campus cameos Thresh--I remember sitting in on a Principal's orientation and his telling us the extent to outdoor cameras. I agree they are necessary these days. With school shootings becoming a threat, on campus/parking lot drug deals, fights, vandalism, or any criminal behavior-I suppose they are nice to have. He did specifically say they helped deter ditching. Which is probably what they see most of. Personally, I'd rather have a camera in class catching bad behaviors, bad teaching, student/teacher threats, after school tutoring, etc. anyway-that's my suggestion.
Thresher 200 February 03, 2014 at 01:29 PM
Southernbelle, cameras aren't all that expensive anymore. My son was caught over the camera wrestling around with his friends, all the boys were suspended for a day, which serves them right. As a substitute teacher, I could've used a classroom camera. Some of those Hispanic kids have absolutely no sense of self-discipline. The principal came in, took two girls to the office and the classroom was as good as can be.
Brenda February 04, 2014 at 12:15 PM
TVOR you are right! I agree. BUT at the same time I am asking again, why are these teenagers saying YES DAMMIT??? WE keep blaming the pedophile, etc. and yes they are to blame, are older, know better, but WHY are these kids going along so willingly? Sex ed, and everything about predators is taught to our children constantly by us from the time they can talk and comprehend, 3? 2?, and then all through their school years by us and the schools, the police etc. So why do these kids go along with it? And NOT tell anyone? Seriously I just do not get it. Are the kids looking for the love attention they do not, did not get at home? I think one of my kids would have fell over flat from a heart attack and then went running to anyone had a teacher even began to make some kind of personal suggestion to them. Even if a teacher is just offering a ride home to a few after practice or something my kids would not go. I just dont get it. :/
southernbelle February 04, 2014 at 12:46 PM
@Brenda-I looked back to see tvor's post to reference but for some reason I don't see one--I hope I'm not going to be redundant to that. Anyway, I told you some thoughts before about teen-adult predation, but I'll dig a little deeper here because it's good for you to understand this. First, you have to understand and acknowledge that a person's brain cannot (not does not or will not, but cannot) have the capacity to fully understand. predict, or draw out proper end conclusions to harmful situations. There isn't enough life experience or brain development to allow for this. It is akin to asking a 4 yr old what will happen if you put a pot of water on a fire. They will probably understand it will get hot--but don't yet know it will boil over. make sense? Next, there is a horrific epidemic in our youth today! the rate of depression, anxiety, self hatred, addictions, eating disorders, self harming, etc is at an all time high and can be seen in 1 of 3 kids age 12-20!!! it is TRAGIC! So many issues are playing into this problem from broken homes, absent parent (by abandonment or if present-then by preoccupation), abuse, neglect, confusion of identity and lifestyle preference, bullying, media pressures, media influences, parental perfectionism, sexual predation, religious/non-religious confusion, and more. Our kids are being hung out to dry by the adults they should be able to trust and be safe with. It's not happening though. So you take a girl who is already experiencing hormonal and body/physical changes, add to that neglect of some sort at home, possibly abuse/sexual abuse somewhere in history, or peer bullying, meanwhile she's watching celebs and being told to be valuable you need to look like this, when the actions taking place around here are telling her she is useless, worthless, no value, ugly, unloved, can't meet other's expectations, etc…..then pair her up with a person in authority or role model, someone she feels she can trust and or looks up to. That person shows her acceptance and approval. That approval gives her confidence and warm fuzzes because that's all she ever wanted from parents, family, friends…to be accepted and loved. That begins to influence her natural desire for more acceptance, and a crush develops. The adult continues feeding into the crush, manipulates the impressionable child coercing her to take it a step further in the name or with the promise of more, deeper, better acceptance--which equals love to the child. The child will usually cooperate because the child is so desperate for love and acceptance that losing the acceptance she's getting feels more dangerous/hurtful to her. So she complies. Now, she is a puppet on the predators string. Does that help?
Jeff Kleiner February 04, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Camera's should be installed in every class room, outside and in every place that is not locked. It SHOULD NOT be the Teacher's unions responsibility, their position is not to protect the children in schools. That is the responsibility of the school and school district. It's funny when people like Vic (ha ha), say they are non-political but every post is far right conservative. Pay for the cameras through taxes and we the taxpayer need to shut our mouths and pay them for the ultimate safety of the kids. There should also be alarms in every classroom.
Jeff Kleiner February 04, 2014 at 01:08 PM
@southernbelle, I don't think this is just a current situation with our kids. It's just now being addressed. It's always been there at an alarming rate....we now monitor it better with health care, social media and studies by health professionals and crime professionals.
Marti Searcy February 04, 2014 at 05:23 PM
She also looks like a woman who works at the Temecula Walmart... just weird why can't you go with somebody your own age you going to do it.
southernbelle February 04, 2014 at 05:45 PM
@Jeff- I know it is not a current issue, but it is happening at a much greater rate, enveloping a lot more youth than ever before. I agree that we are more educated in these issues and provide better management, but there are countless upon countless number of teens who are not being treated at all, who refuse to be treated due to stigma, or can't afford to be treated. It's tragic- the number of teens who are suffering.

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