Coach remains in jail after accused of underage crime
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Some alarming allegations against a South Florida basketball coach have been made involving a teenage boy.
Pictures 41-year-old Michael Barberan's website for his basketball camp, 'Hoop Stars' show him with plenty of big time players. Isiah Thomas, Tim Hardaway and Glen Rice to name a few, but South Miami Police are now calling foul on Barberan. They have charged him and said he used his company to take advantage of a 15-year-old boy.
"The kid had put him on a pedestal," said Major Rene Landa, "Thinking that he was a great guy, a person who cared about him, cared about his future and playing basketball."
Police said Barbaran friended the 15-year-old boy on Facebook four months ago and recently turned the conversation from the basketball court to porn. From inside his Southwest Miami-Dade home, police said Barbaran showed the boy graphic videos and attempted to set up a threesome with another man for cash.
Teens are often seen at the house according to neighbors. "Well honestly," said a neighbor, "I see a lot of young people outside but I'm talking about you know, teenagers."
Police said it all came to an end when the boys mom saw a text message on Friday between her son and Barbaran and then went to police. "She jumped on it," said Landa. "She went to check on it right away. She checked the phone, she found the evidence, and then she immediately filed a police report and reported it."
Barberan is being held on a $8,500 bond. South Miami Police believe there are other victims out there.
If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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