SANTA CRUZ -- Santa Cruz County prosecutors expect to file more charges against a high school wrestling coach and child welfare advocate charged with 16 counts of child molestation.

Prosecutor Michael Gilman said new evidence arose that against 39-year-old Brian Criswell linking him to a third victim.

"He met the victim through his role as a coach for a local school," Gilman said.

Gilman declined to say if the victim was a student Criswell worked with when he coached wrestling. Criswell worked as a wrestling coach at Branciforte Middle School during the 2012-2013 school year and was a volunteer wrestling coach at Harbor High School until he resigned in October in light of the investigation.

Among the allegations are committing a lewd act with a child under 14 by force, showing pornography to a child, possessing child pornography and child molesation.

Criswell faces 16 charges of child molestation and the new charges likely will be child molestation related, Gilman said.

If convicted, he faces 15 years to life in prison.

The Santa Cruz man was arrested Oct. 4 on suspicion of child molestation after an investigation by Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies. He posted $50,000 bail Oct. 8 but was rearrested Oct. 18 after additional investigations revealed a second victim.

Both victims were minors he worked with in his role as a court appointed special advocate. As an advocate for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Cruz, Criswell's role was to work with abused or neglected children to ensure their needs were met.

Criswell will appear in court Jan. 3 to set a preliminary hearing date, which will determine if there is enough evidence for a trial.

He is being held on $500,000 bail.

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