UPDATE 4:40 PM APRIL 7: Kenny Sanchez has been suspended from Bishop Gorman High School, according to a letter sent home to parents.
Part of the letter states, "We wanted to let you know that we take any allegations involving our faculty and staff very seriously. While we cannot comment on personnel matters, as is our standard practice, Coach Sanchez has been suspended pending the outcome of our review."
UPDATE 9:30 PM APRIL 6: Parents and students are struggling to understand how such a respected member of the community could be accused of doing something is awful.
Lori Landis, whose son attends Bishop Gorman, says she's disturbed by the news.
"I wouldn't be happy about it as a parent,” Landis says. “If it’s true, it’s very serious.”
Linda Begalman has two grandsons who attend Gorman, one in 10th grade, the other in 12th. She says as long as Sanchez is under suspicion he should stay away from students.
"I don't think he should be around kids," says Begalman. “As the coach you got to keep in under control. You're setting an example for them."
Student Abby Cavizo says Sanchez is a role model who the kids look up to, and who would talk them about personal responsibility.
"I was really shocked. It kind of saddens me," Cavizo says.
According to the criminal complaint against Kenneth Sanchez, he is accused of battery constituting domestic violence on Dec. 25, 2016, against a woman he has a child with. The complaint stated that Sanchez struck the woman on or about the face, grabbed her neck and pulled her hair.
The crime is a misdemeanor.
Sanchez was arrested on Tuesday regarding the warrant for the battery charge and booked into the Clark County Detention Center. He is now out of police custody.
Sanchez, who has the nickname Kenny, has been the head coach at Bishop Gorman since 2015. He had been an assistant head coach from 2009 to 2014. He took over the head coach job from his brother Tony Sanchez, who left the high school to coach UNLV.
Bishop Gorman released a statement Thursday afternoon.
"Today’s court proceeding involving allegations against Kenny Sanchez is a pending legal matter, and as such, it is inappropriate for us to comment publicly. We are closely monitoring the situation."