Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
May 13, 2009
Susan Kang Schroeder
HIGH SCHOOL SECURITY SUPERVISOR AND BASKETBALL COACH SENTENCED FOR REPEATED UNLAWFUL SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH 16-YEAR-OLD FEMALE STUDENT
NEWPORT BEACH – A high school security supervisor and part-time basketball coach was sentenced today for having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl, whom he met while working at Aliso Niguel High School. Thomas Cole, 33, Ladera Ranch, pleaded guilty to the court on March 18, 2009, to two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, two felony counts of oral copulation of a minor, two felony counts of sexual penetration by foreign object of 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. The court sentenced Cole to one year in jail, five years of formal probation, and sex offender registration over the objection of the People.
Between July 1, 2008, and Sept. 6, 2008, Cole had an unlawful sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student from Aliso Niguel High School. Cole worked at the school as a supervisor of security and part-time basketball coach and met the victim, Jane Doe, at the high school. He took the victim to his then-home in Irvine and digitally penetrated, orally copulated, and had sexual intercourse with her.
Cole was arrested in September 2008 for the unlawful sexual relationship and a protective order was issued barring him from having any contact with the victim. On Oct. 22, 2008, the defendant posted bail and was released from custody after the Court reduced his bail amount from $100,000 to $50,000 over the objection of the People.
While out on bail, Cole contacted Jane Doe on several occasions by phone and in person in violation of the protective order. The defendant met the victim and again engaged in an unlawful sexual relationship including digital penetration, oral copulation and sexual intercourse. Cole was re-arrested and his bail was increased to $500,000.
Cole has also worked at Lakeside Middle School and Woodbridge High School in Irvine. Deputy District Attorney Nikki Buracchio of the Sexual Assault Unit prosecuted this case.