Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT BASKETBALL COACH CHARGED WITH HAVING UNLAWFUL SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH 15-YEAR-OLD STUDENT
SANTA ANA – A former high school assistant basketball coach has been charged with having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student he met while working at the school. Jonathan James Marsh, 19, Tustin, is charged with one felony count of unlawful sexual penetration of a minor and one felony count of unlawful oral copulation of a minor. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of three years and eight months in state prison. Marsh is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned today, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008, at 1:30 p.m. in Department C-49, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On Sept. 1, 2008, Marsh is accused of having an unlawful sexual relationship with 15-year-old Jane Doe in his Tustin apartment. He is accused of digitally penetrating and orally copulating the victim. Marsh, who worked as an assistant basketball coach for Beckman High School, is accused of meeting the victim while she was a student at the school. The victim disclosed the sexual conduct to a School Resource Police Officer.
Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Randy Litwin at (714) 347-8794. Deputy District Attorney Nikki Buracchio of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.