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More girls accuse coach

Two latest victims appear on videotape seized by investigators

Posted: July 22, 2008 1:56 a.m.
Updated: September 22, 2008 5:02 a.m.
A high school coach, who gave private basketball lessons at Canyon High School and who is already in custody charged with several counts of sexual assault, is about to be charged with two more offenses, sexual assault investigators said Monday.

Two more girls, in addition to at least five other young women who have already spoken to investigators, have approached the Special Victim's Bureau of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, said the bureau's Detective Dennis Derr.

"Two victims have come forward with similar stories," he said. "There will be additional charges as a result, but they have not been added yet."

Derr said the two most recent girls to approach investigators about the alleged attack are featured on a videotape seized by police. It was unclear if the video was one seized when Thomas was arrested.

Neither these two young women or any of the young women related to any of the other charges are from Santa Clarita, Derr said.

Kevin Lamont Thomas, 40, had been coaching the Canyon High football team as a volunteer for the several weeks, and was reportedly wearing his Canyon coaching uniform when he was arrested June 10 by officers with the Los Angeles Police Department.

The six-foot 195-pound basketball coach, who worked as a teaching assistant at the Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, was charged June 12 with 12 felony counts of sexually assaulting a female student.

He is currently charged with five counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object with the alleged victims unconscious of the act.

He is also charged with five counts of sexual penetration of a person under the age of 18, one count of a performing a lewd act on a child and one count of possessing child pornography.

Thomas, whose bail has been set at $600,000, is scheduled to appear in Van Nuys Municipal Court on Thursday.

He remains in custody at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.

Allegations of sexual misconduct involving two other educators in Santa Clarita Valley are also before the courts.

Roselyn Hubbell, 33, a former counselor at Golden Valley High School, is expected to appear in court on a single misdemeanor charge July 28.

The case of a teacher from West Ranch High School, who was placed on administrative leave last month pending an investigation, is now before the county District Attorney's office.

The Sheriff's Department's investigation regarding the teacher is over, according to a spokesman.

The matter is now being reviewed by the District Attorney's office. No charges have been filed in connection with that investigation.


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