A former Carmel High School girls soccer coach today pleaded no contest to sexually abusing a 16-year-old team member in 2012, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office. Edgar Antonio Garcia De Paz entered the plea in Superior Court in Salinas to one count of felony oral copulation involving a person less than 18 years old, district attorney’s office spokeswoman Jeannine Pacioni said.
According to prosecutors, in February 2012, Garcia De Paz, the female victim and five other members of Carmel High’s girls soccer team attended a dinner together at a restaurant in Monterey. After the dinner, the 16-year-old girl and Garcia De Paz went to his car in the restaurant’s parking lot, where prosecutors said the sex act occurred between her and the defendant.
The victim at first reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office but the Monterey Police Department later did the investigation, according to Pacioni. Judge Carrie Panetta is scheduled to sentence Garcia De Paz on May 20, when he will be placed on felony probation and ordered to serve up to a year in county jail, prosecutors said. Panetta also has the discretion to require that Garcia De Paz register as a sex offender, according to Pacioni.
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