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Total of six come forward against ex-coach
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Tracy Bull

At least four additional alleged instances of inappropriate communication with minors involving former Ceres swimming coach Tracy Bull, 51, are being forwarded to the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office.

Ceres Police Department Sgt. Danny Vierra made the announcement on Friday, following the Stanislaus County District Attorney's Office formal issuance of two charges, including a felony charge against Bull of contacting or communicating with a 14-year-old girl for the purpose of committing a sexual offense with a minor.

Two female victims are involved with Monday's charges.

Prosecutors say that on June 9 Bull had misconduct with a 17-year-old girl which led to him being charged under California Penal Code Section 647.6, Annoying or Molesting a Child.

The 14-year-old girl, referred to in the court document as "Jane Doe 1," was allegedly twice victimized by Bull; once on June 9 and the other time on June 14.

An alleged incident on June 9 involved the 17-year-old victim labeled as Jane Doe 2.

Bull, who was arrested on June 15 on suspicion of committing the crime, will be arraigned on Friday, July 15.

Sgt. Vierra said one of the four new allegations one of the allegations dates back to 2005.

"I don't know if they will file on all of them," said Sgt. Vierra. "They are all similar incidences. Again, it's all inappropriate communication."

He confirmed that the forms of communication included texts, social message and in-person contact. Vierra would not divulge the content of those messages to the minors.

Last month a call to Bull from the Courier was answered by his defense attorney, Kirk McAllister. He called the charges "groundless" and said Bull is innocent. He went on to say Bull was a victim of "coach hunting."

Two organizations which previously employed Bull as a coach have terminated him following the arrest. Bull had coached varsity boys' water polo and freshman boys' basketball at Ceres High School and was affiliated with the city of Ceres Hoopsters basketball program. Jay Simmonds, an assistant superintendent with the Ceres Unified School District, said Bull will not be returning as a head coach "for various reasons."

The Ceres Dolphins website posted this statement following Bull's arrest: "We, the Ceres Dolphins Swim Team Board have become aware of an investigation involving our head coach, Tracy Bull. At this time we have suspended our head coach pending further notice and completion of the investigation.

"As a Board our first and foremost responsibility is to our 170+ swimmers and their families. This is a disappointing blow to our team, our swimmers, our parents and our Board. We will be running our swim team as usual, but ask for your patience while we work to find a replacement and continue to keep our swimmers swimming.

"We are unable to comment on the specifics and reason for the suspension due to this being a pending investigation. If you have questions we ask that you please contact our Ceres Dolphins League Representative, Tricia Staley, who will seek to answer your questions, after getting a response from our Board.

"We thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter."

The Investigations Unit is currently determining if there are any other victims who need to come forward and asked calls be referred to contact Detective Amador at 538-5729 or Detective Quiroz at 538-5638.