Updated: Sex Offender Charged After Working With Youth Football Program

President of Waukesha Youth Football League says John E. Orosco's request to coach was denied after a background check turned up sex offense convictions from the 90s.

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 4:25 p.m. Thursday with information about John E. Orosco's modified bail. Orosco will be released from jail on a signature bond.

A 38-year-old convicted sex offender is facing charges after police took more than 100 pictures of the man working with the Junior Blackshirts youth football team during practices.

John E. Orosco faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of two counts of felony child sex offender working with children. The criminal complaint states he was with the team in police pictures and videos showing players blocking maneuvers on the football field.

Officials with the Waukesha Youth Football League program say Orosco’s request to coach was denied because of his background check and that any involvement he had with the team was not approved by the organization.

Orosco's bail was modified Thursday afternoon from $1,000 to a signature bond. He is ordered to have no contact with the Junior Blackshirts or anyone involved with the organization except for his own children.

The Waukesha Police Department was alerted in August to Orosco’s involvement with the Waukesha Youth Football League by a concerned parent. Police reports state the parent told police that Orosco was an assistant coach on the team and stood on the sidelines to call plays and manage the game.

More recently, the concerned parent told officers that Orosco was coaching players on the sixth-grade football team from 5:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Aug. 1. The woman told police other parents were on the sidelines but Orosco was coaching the team.

The director of the Junior Blackshirts, Dan Pilon, reportedly told officers that Orosco’s child was on the team and that Orosco had asked to be an assistant coach on the team in 2011.

Pilon told officers he told Orosco he could not coach the team in July 2012 because Pilon learned about the previous sex offenses performed in the background check. However, Pilon told authorities he observed Orosco coaching from the sidelines. Pilon supposedly told Orosco he could not coach because of his history.

Orosco, who is prohibited from volunteering or working with children under age 16, told officers that he was not an official coach but that he helped the team in 2011 and 2012.

Ted Schneider, president of the Waukesha Youth Football organization, said the organization performed a background check on Orosco because he wanted to coach. They declined his offers of help to coach because of his criminal history.

“He was not a coach. He is just a dad that has kids in the program,” Schneider said. “I don’t know where that came from.”

Orosco, as a parent, was not prohibited from attending practices where his two children played on the team. However, he was not supposed to be coaching the team, Schneider said.

“We told him that he had to be away from the field,” Schneider said. “If he was helping out on the field we never witnessed that. For game times, I know he was never on the field and he was never on the sidelines.”

Past Criminal Offenses

It’s been nearly two decades since Orosco first faced prosecution for a sex offense. He was a 20-year-old student living in the dorms at UW-Whitewater when on Sept. 23, 1994, he asked a 15-year-old girl he knew if she wanted a ride as she was leaving the Waukesha Public Library.

Orosco, the girl, and another man drove to a nearby apartment where she was left along for about 15 minutes with Orosco in a bedroom, which scared her. Orosco had tried to date her in the past, the criminal complaint from 1994 states, but she didn’t think he was serious.

The girl told officers she tried to leave the room but Orosco forcibly pushed her onto the bed and sexually assaulted her, the complaint states.

Orosco was also sentenced to two years in prison for an attempted third-degree sexual assault in 1997 that occurred in Jefferson County.

Margaret October 19, 2012 at 03:06 PM
My family and I know John, but did not know about his past and now some of the things John did make perfect sense. He approached my then 14 year old daughter wanting to get chummy with her, while he was married and had 4 children. My daughter was wise enough to reject him and come to us. In our church there were numerous occasions where he only wanted to be around the youth and especially get hugs from the young girls. This man knows and knew what he was doing. This young girl was 15 and a Virgin, can he give her back her virginity can he take away her pain or her family’s she and her family will have to live with this for the rest of their lives. Yes I believe in forgiveness, but it happened multiple times with different young women. And you people are condoning his actions.
Michael Riche October 19, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Margaret - thank you for your comment. You provide specific facts and I respect that wholeheartedly. If what you say is true, then I am on your side completely. I have been the victim of numerous robberies and one abduction, so I know first hand how it is to have one's mind and beliefs changed permanently from violence. People make bad choices in life. I understood why the men who robbed me and kidnapped me did it and I forgave them. I used to be careless and unaware of the dangers that surround us. Now I carry a weapon and will kill to protect myself. Pattern rapists are egocentric and have no feeling for the victims they violate. If they did, their consciences would not allow them to commit such violence on others. Sometimes they can change, but sometimes because of innate psychology illness, they can't. What is the solution? I wish the laws provided us a means to send sexually sick individuals away forever. That is the only way to keep innocent children safe from them.
Michael Riche October 19, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I was of the impression that John possibly got caught up in a youthful sexual encounter. Even though he was older than the woman who claimed rape, she went to his apartment and bedroom. Some of her choices allowed him to commit the rape. I wasn't there and you weren't there. We just know that he was convicted of the crime. Then there was another case a couple of years later. That shows a possible pattern, but you and I weren't witnesses. I think our lack of firsthand knowledge of the circumstances of both crimes makes it impossible for us to judge. But, you witnessed firsthand acts of his that went beyond the normality of standard behavior. You would think that a man charged with sex crimes would keep a distance from young women, if only to remove the possibility of any suggestion of inappropriateness. That is odd and calls into question John's mental health. The question to ask now is, what were his intentions on the football sidelines. Rape? Homosexuality? With his own kids out there playing, I doubt that very much. Is he allowed on the sidelines? No. He must be shown in a forceful manner that his coaching, of his children and others will not be tolerated. I think that can be accomplished initially with a fine and warning. That sends a strong message, then jail if his actions continue. I am running out of space, so... Keep doing as you did - keep a watchful protective eye on your loved ones. Best wishes to you and especially your children and family.
A Friend November 18, 2012 at 05:51 AM
OMG if only you knew that the 15 year old he was with lied about her age told him she was 18...met his family and still lied about how old she was to the family when asked...when he decided to break things off with her she got mad and told him i can't have you no one will....How can you call her a victim when it was consentual the only reason he got in trouble for it was cuz she was underage, she is not as innocent as all of you would like to think...my jesus you people have nothing better to do that to make a man suffer for a past he is not proud of! and John is a friendly person he hugs everyone and loves on everyone. This whole thing is an act of vengence of a woman scorned and pissed off at him...All she wanted to do is drag him through the dirt and is continously making his life miserable cuz she can't stand seeing him happy...But know that God does not like ugly and all of you that are on here juding him and looking down on him...God says that vengence is his. And he is a child of God and God will get him through this.
Michael Riche November 20, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Friend - if the encounter with the 15 year old was the only infraction, then you have a point. But, being a man with a sexual crime in his past, John should realize that certain actions he takes will be looked at with scrutiny. I don't have any sexual crimes in my past and I still watch how I act around under aged females. The point is, if John does not want to be looked at with negativity at this point, he should be more careful with his actions whether or not his intentions are good. Additionally, you would be better off leaving God out of this. God gave us all the ability to make judgments and the only one who can get John through this is John himself.


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