Ex-high school coach sentenced for sex with 16-year-old girl

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Article Date: 5/13/2009 | Resource: MLG

Ex-high school coach sentenced for sex with 16-year-old girl

“Aliso Niguel school security supervisor admits to engaging in sex acts with a 16-year-old girl”

NEWPORT BEACH – A high school security supervisor and part-time basketball coach was sentenced today to a year in jail for unlawful sex with a 16-year-old girl he met while working at Aliso Niguel High School.

Thomas Cole, 33, Ladera Ranch, pleaded guilty in March to sex felony counts of unlawful sex acts with a minor, six misdemeanor counts of violating a protective order, and a sentencing enhancement for committing a felony while he was out of custody for another felony case.

Superior Court Judge Gregory W. Jones also placed Cole on probation for five years and ordered him to register as a sex offender.
Cole worked at Aliso Niguel High School in as a supervisor of security and part-time basketball coach in 2008 when he met the student. He admitted to taking the girl to his then-home in Irvine and engaging in sex acts with her.

Cole was arrested in September 2008 for the unlawful sexual relationship with the girl, and a protective order was issued barring him from having any contact with her, according to prosecutors.

But he posted $50,000 bail in October 2008 and contacted the girl by phone and in person on several occasions in violation of the protective order, prosecutors said.

And on at least one occasions, Cole met her and engaged in several unlawful sex acts. He was re-arrested and held on $500,000 bail.

Cole also worked at Lakeside Middle School and Woodbridge High School in Irvine, according to Deputy District Attorney Nikki Buracchio.

Source:The Orange County Register

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