Swim Coach Charged With Having Sexual Relationship With Girl, 15

SANTA ANA (CBS) — A swim coach has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student, Orange County prosecutors said Thursday.

Todd Robert Sousa, 36, of Irvine, was charged Wednesday with 13 felony counts of lewd acts on a child, three felony counts of unlawful sex, and two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

Sousa and his wife own Swim Venture Inc. of Laguna Hills, which teaches children and adults to swim in leased pools throughout Orange County.

He allegedly started the relationship last April 1, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

On Feb. 18 of this year, he picked up the girl and her friend from Irvine Spectrum and drove them to his office, where he allegedly gave both teenagers alcohol and then had sex with the girl in another room while her friend waited.

The alleged victim’s friend told her parents, who told the other girl’s parents, according to prosecutors.

Sousa was arrested Feb. 24 and faces up to 13 years in prison if he’s convicted, Orange County sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said.

He is free on $100,000 bail.

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  • Choke The Chicken

    Gotta be one of the Dumbest criminals. At least he didn’t force her other friend to participate.

  • Jones, you're dumb.

    Jones, you’re dumb. That is all.

    • Hot Tamale

      WH Jones is obviously not serious. Who’s the dummy now?

  • PL

    Sousa is a Portuguese last name not mexican

    • James

      So he committed the crime, then changed his name to a Portuguese one? Deport him.

      • Steve

        hahahaha—good one!

  • Joseph Vargas

    Maybe you should have clicked the link. The name alone does not indicate that he Mexican, or for that matter an Hispanic? Don’t make conclusions if you don’t know for certain. Not everyone that is Hispanic is Mexican or originates from Mexico.

  • Roger Wallace

    You could not possibly make a more ignorant statement. Here…read about one of his more famous “Mexican” ancestors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Philip_Sousa

    • Joseph Vargas

      John Philip Sousa was NOT Mexican, you moron.

  • Abe L

    Or no! Dax Sheppard is a swim coach. But I liked him so much in Idiocricy. Choke it privatley and keep the kids alone.

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