Former Olympic track star Danny Harris — who had recently been a coach at Gabrielino High School — was arrested Friday on suspicion of contacting a minor with the intent of committing a sexual offense, authorities said.
The San Gabriel Police Department said it launched an investigation following a report of alleged inappropriate contacts between Harris and a student.
“The school district and the police department are working together to ensure [that] the safety of students remains of utmost importance,” police said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely together as this issue moves forward.”
Harris could not be reached for comment.
A silver medalist in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, Harris is the subject of a recent documentary film, “Crossing the Line,” that chronicles his well-known journey from elite athlete to drug addict and back.
Twelve days earlier, The Times had followed the 51-year-old as he coached the boys’ and girls’ teams at a league track meet, working with athletes before races and later celebrating with them on the track.
“Did I expect to be back in the game?” he said at the time. “No. But when you love it, you want to teach, you want to give something back.”
During a stretch of the 1980s and ’90s, Harris ranked among the top hurdlers in the world. In 1987, he ended Edwin Moses’ decadelong winning streak in the 400-meter hurdles.
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