Coach admits having sex with player



A former Ventura County youth soccer coach is facing a year in jail after he admitted to having a sexual relationship with one of his underage players between 2007 and 2009.

Vincent Thomas, 48, pleaded guilty Feb. 23 in Ventura County court to multiple charges, including lewd or lascivious acts with a child and oral copulation of a person under 18. The victim was 15 years old when the relationship began, and there was more than a 10-year age difference between the two parties, according to the charges.

One count of anal and genital penetration by a foreign object will be dismissed at sentencing, court records state.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Tom Dunlevy said Thomas is expected to be sentenced to one year in jail followed by five years of formal probation.

He will also have to register as a sex offender.

Thomas was arrested in July of last year, shortly after detectives served a search warrant at his Thousand Oaks home following an investigation by the Thousand Oaks Police Department into accusations levied by a former player.

The player came forward and told TOPD in June that she and Thomas had a sexual relationship that started a decade earlier.

At the time of his arrest, Thomas was the director of coaching for girls’ soccer for the Camarillo-based Eagles Soccer Club, which attracts players from all across Ventura County. He was subsequently removed from the position.

According to court records, at least one of Thomas’ violations is subject to the firearms and ammunitions prohibitions, which will require him to relinquish upon conviction any firearms he might own.

Thomas is due back in court for sentencing on April 3. He’s been free on bond since shortly after his arrest.