The president of the Oak View Youth Soccer League released a statement Monday underscoring that the allegations of sex abuse by a soccer referee have only a tenuous link to the organization.
Anaheim resident Jorge Serafin was arrested Jan. 15 on suspicion of molesting three children. The Orange County Sheriff's Department has said none of the boys — ages 10, 14 and 15 — were members of the Oak View league.
The statement signed by league President Jose Rodriguez said they were made aware of the arrest through news reports.
"He worked intermittently as a referee at our games over the last year in a half, but no longer works at our games," according to the league statement.
The release states that referees are only present at Sunday games, where there is always at least one league official on site.
"Oak View Youth Soccer League has not been contacted by authorities because this case does not involve children in our league," the statement continues. "Jorge Serafin lives in unincorporated Anaheim and the victims live in unincorporated Anaheim — not Huntington Beach."