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* Thomas Anderson Pleads Guilty to Child Molest in San Jose

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A veteran volunteer security guard for two professional soccer teams pleaded guilty in Santa Clara County Superior Court today to committing sex crimes against two boys under 13, a district attorney’s office spokeswoman said. Thomas Anderson, 76, of San Jose, initially pleaded not guilty in January, but changed his plea to guilty as part of a negotiated settlement with the district attorney’s office, spokeswoman Amy Cornell said. He pleaded guilty to two felony counts of lewd or lascivious act
on a child under 14 years of age, Cornell said. Those charges stem from an incident between December 2008 and July 2009 involving an 11-year-old boy and another incident between April 2002 and April 2005 involving a boy who was 8 to 10 years old. Anderson was originally charged with nine felony counts of lewd or lascivious act on a child under 14 years of age.  He was arrested on July 24, 2009, after two witnesses reported seeing him act inappropriately with a child during a soccer game that month, according to the district attorney’s office. Anderson had been a local volunteer security guard in Santa Clara for two years and had worked with area soccer teams for about 20 years. He will be sentenced on June 11 to 15 years to life in prison,
Cornell said. Anderson’s admission of committing sex crimes against multiple victims makes him eligible for a life sentence, Cornell said.

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