An assistant track coach at a Bay Area high school is facing a whopping 10 felony charges related to sexual encounters he reportedly had with two different students at the school.
As reported by the Contra Costa Times, former Mount Pleasant assistant track coach Enoch Garcia was charged with 10 individual felony counts of sex acts with a child. The alleged illicit acts involve two students who are now 14 and 17, respectively. Garcia, who is now 21, was held on $300,000 bail and refused to answer the charges made against him in court.
Garcia was fired from his position as soon as the more recent sexual encounter, with the then 14-year-old student, was brought to the attention of administrators. He did not deny the encounters, nor did he deny the other charges related to the 16-year-old. However, Garcia’s public defender outlined mitigating circumstances surrounding the coach’s encounters with the older teen: He was 18 when the relationship began with a then 16-year-old, with the consensual encounters continuing for some two years.
Prosecutors refuse to accept Garcia’s own relative youth should account for any leniency, particularly given Garcia’s role as a coach.
“This was an assistant coach in a position of trust with children,” Deputy District Attorney Oanh Tran said in court. “They were particularly vulnerable.”