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Carlos Cardona out as Palm Beach Atlantic tennis coach after arrest

Sailfish coach spent 12 days in Pasco County jail after arrest on felony sexual battery, burglary charges
Carlos Cardona, arrested on sexual battery and burglary charges in Pasco County
Posted at 5:13 PM, Jun 27, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-27 23:24:28-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The head tennis coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University is out of a job after his arrest earlier this month on felony charges.

Carlos Cardona, 39, was arrested June 7 by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

According to Pasco County jail records, Cardona was arrested on felony charges of sexual battery and burglary with simple battery.

PBAU spokesman John Sizemore said Monday that Cardona is "no longer employed by the university." When WPTV asked if Cardona had been fired as a result of his arrest, Sizemore wouldn't say.

"As a matter of policy, Palm Beach Atlantic University does not comment on specific personnel matters," Sizemore told WPTV. "However, I can tell you that a search for a new head tennis coach is underway."

Palm Beach Atlantic University Rinker Campus sign in June 2022
Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private Christian school in downtown West Palm Beach, Fla.

A Pasco County Sheriff's Office report revealed that Cardona entered the woman's home through an unlocked back sliding door about 3 a.m. June 4 and sexually assaulted her.

According to the report, Cardona admitted to being at the home an hour earlier and intentionally leaving the door unlocked "with the intention of returning to the home after the victim was asleep."

The report went on to say that Cardona admitted to sexually assaulting her "but stated he was not able to have sex with her because she resisted his attempts."

Cardona was arrested three days later at a Walmart in New Port Richey, about 30 miles north of Tampa.

Pasco County jail records show that Cardona spent 12 days behind bars before his June 18 release on $200,000 bond.

Palm Beach Atlantic Uuniversity Sailfish athletic logo
Palm Beach Atlantic University is home to the Sailfish.

Cardona had been hired by the private Christian university in downtown West Palm Beach in August 2021. In his lone season at PBAU, the Sailfish were 6-9.

Pasco County court records show Cardona has pleaded not guilty.

Cardona spoke to WPTV by telephone Monday night, denying the allegations and saying that his former employer never heard his side of the story.