Why MAX Aquatics fired Arcadia, California swim coach Marco Antonio Flores


Marco Antonio Flores, 25, of Arcadia, Los Angeles County, California, United States joined MAX Aquatics in 2017. Based in Arcadia, the private swim club is affiliated with USA Swimming, the national governing body for competitive swimming in the U.S.

Aside from Arcadia, MAX Aquatics also uses pools in other parts of Los Angeles County including El Monte and Monrovia. On September 7, 2021, a representative of the swim club contacted the Arcadia Police Department to report an inappropriate relationship between Flores and a juvenile athlete.


MAX Aquatics immediately suspended Flores. His employment was subsequently terminated.

On September 16, 2021, Arcadia Police Department detectives served search and arrest warrants at Flores’ residence and arrested him. He was charged with sex crimes including unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, lewd and lascivious acts involving children.

Flores was booked into the Arcadia Police Department’s jail. His bail was set at $25,000.


Located in the San Gabriel Valley, Arcadia is at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Several sports stars were born in the city including former Major League Baseball second baseman Marty Barrett, 63, former professional baseball relief pitcher Todd Worrell, 61, retired soccer player Jimmy Conrad, 44, former professional baseball left-handed reliever John Grabow, 42, and soccer midfielder Brittany Klein, 34.

Arcadia is also home to badminton player Rena Wang, 30, Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu, 28, and table tennis player Erica Wu, 25. Actor and martial artist Jet Li, 58, and his wife Miss Asia Pacific Hong Kong 1986 Nina Li, 59, previously lived in the city , as well.

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