On August 31, 2021, one of our former coaches, Johnny Algarin, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. He was not a coach with our organization at the time of his arrest, but he was a coach when the alleged crime took place according to the court records.
We at the Belleview Soccer Club would like to make it clear that we do not condone the alleged actions of Mr. Algarin. We are all as shocked and disgusted as everyone else is, especially the fact that he was also around OUR kids as well.
By state law (FSS 943.0438), FYSA (Florida Youth Soccer Association, our state sanctioning body) is the one that does the background checks for all potential coaches and staff members. This process is the same for every soccer club in the state. If anyone has concerns about that process, I recommend contacting the FYSA to discuss it with them.
As soon as we found out about the arrest, we reached out to the detective working the case to offer any assistance that we can. We also notified FYSA risk management so that they can take whatever appropriate action as necessary.
We are doing all we can possibly do to protect the kids but unless someone has already been caught there is no way for us to know what they do when not around us. Believe me, as parents we have the same concerns about the children’s safety as you do.
If you have any concerns about any interactions between Mr. Algarin and your child, please contact the Marion County Sheriff Office Major Crimes Unit at 352-732-8181.