Softball coach sexually assaults young players in series of crimes spanning two states: Cops

Authorities in Arizona say a coach was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting multiple juvenile victims in California.

According to KNXV, the West Sacramento Police Department secured an arrest warrant for 42-year-old Jack “Buck” Thomas, who was arrested by Arizona authorities in Waddell.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed he was wanted on suspicion of multiple sexual crimes against children he had coached in baseball or softball.

At least one of the alleged victims was assaulted in Arizona where she had traveled to Maricopa County to train for softball. Authorities in that county are asking for any other potential victims to contact the special victim’s unit by calling 602-876-1011.

After his arrest, deputies booked Thomas into Fourth Avenue Jail in connection with allegations from both states, according to AZ Central. He is expected to face criminal charges including eight counts of sexual assault of a minor and three counts of burglary.

Authorities in Arizona say he remained behind bars awaiting extradition to California as of the latest updates available.

Available reports did not indicate how many alleged victims are involved in his alleged pattern of abuse.

A statement from officials claimed it was “during private hitting instruction that Jack had access to the victims.”

Maricopa County authorities say they are investigating the possibility that there are additional local victims not yet identified.

[Featured image: Jack Thomas, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office]