Crime

Nipomo man faces 126 charges in alleged sexual abuse of girl

Robert John Bergner, 51, of Nipomo was arrested Wednesday, July 22, 2015, on suspicion of sexual penetration of a minor under 14 with a foreign object, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation with a person under 18 and rape by force or fear. Original story »
Robert John Bergner, 51, of Nipomo was arrested Wednesday, July 22, 2015, on suspicion of sexual penetration of a minor under 14 with a foreign object, continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation with a person under 18 and rape by force or fear. Original story »

A former Nipomo girls softball coach was charged Friday with 126 felonies related to unlawful sexual abuse of a minor, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

Robert John Bergner, 51, of Nipomo, is accused of sexually abusing a girl for six years, beginning when she was 12 years old. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Bergner is a former coach of a South County girls 12-and-under recreational softball team.

He was arrested Wednesday by detectives with the sheriff’s Sex Crimes Unit after a woman, now 18, accused him of sexually abusing her repeatedly. According to the woman, the crimes occurred until May of this year.

Bergner is currently being held at San Luis Obispo County Jail, with bail set at $1 million.

The 126 felony charges include two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child, two counts of forcible lewd act on a child, and sodomy of a victim aged 14 to 17. The prosecution also filed more than 70 counts of child molestation, plus dozens of charges of unlawful intercourse with a minor under 16 and unlawful intercourse with a minor more than three years younger than the perpetrator. He also faces a charge of child pornography, which is related to images allegedly taken of the victim.

Bergner will appear in court Tuesday for his initial arraignment.

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