Monday, November 10, 2008

Former Coach Pleads No Contest to Sexual Abuse

A former basketball coach at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys pleaded no contest to sexually abusing three female students.

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Alisanne Scolnik-Augusta of Van Nuys Branch Office said Kevin Lamont Thomas, 40, pleaded no contest to two felony counts, sexual penetration by a foreign object and unlawful sexual intercourse, and one misdemeanor count of child molesting.

Judge Karen Nudell, who listened to victim impact statements from four victims, ordered the defendant back for sentencing on Nov. 21. Thomas is expected to be sentenced to six years in state prison.

Upon sentencing, the defendant may not contact the victims in the case or any underage female students whom he coached. Thomas, who will be required to register as a sex offender, also will be prohibited from coaching any minor girls in the future.

As part of a negotiated plea agreement, 14 counts are expected to be dismissed at the time of sentencing. The defendant has been in custody since his arrest in June.

Thomas, who coached basketball during the summer and gave group and private sessions, also worked as a special education teacher's assistant.

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