Ex-coach gets 10-month sentence
Parents pleaded and the defense attorney asked the judge to look at facts before Jeremy Brice was given a 10-month jail sentence for having sex with a minor.
Brice, a former coach at Whittell High School and Boys and Girls Club program director, appeared at El Dorado County Superior Court for sentencing Thursday. He pleaded no contest in July on one felony count of oral copulation with a female under the age of 18.
In exchange for the plea, a misdemeanor count of child annoyance was dropped. It stemmed from an incident when Brice played Truth or Dare with the two girls, daring them to take off their tops at his office at the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe after the club closed.
Brice, who is engaged to be married, was taken into custody immediately after the sentencing. He was ordered to register as a sex offender, have no contact with the two females and no contact with girls under the age of 18 except his daughter.
He hardly spoke during the hearing. He was led away by deputies wearing a bright blue collared shirt and dark slacks.
When released, Brice will be on probation for five years.
Brice’s attorney, Lori London, declined comment after the sentencing.
Brice provided alcohol to two girls he coached over a span of several weeks. He talked to one girl every day and took her to his place around March where the sexual act took place while the two drank beer together.
London said Brice wasn’t the only one responsible in the sexual engagement. Brice wasn’t taking advantage of the girl and the act was unforced, she said.
“If we think there is only one side to the story we live in a world without reality,” London said.
The victims said Brice supplied them with alcohol on four different occasions. During the time when the girls and Brice would drink alcohol, he would question them on their sexual past and history with drugs and alcohol, said Deputy District Attorney Anthony Sears. A probation report stated that Brice told the girls to not “tell anybody or we will all get in trouble.”
Sears told the court that the questioning was a move by Brice to explore the girl’s past and take advantage of them.
“She’ll be living with this and probably thinking about it for the rest of her life,” Sears said. “That’s the reality.”
A parent who declined to give his last name in court, said the event was a “parent’s worst nightmare.”
“I hear about intent,” he said. “There was so much intent it’s ridiculous. There was a plan and it went on for months.”
— Contact William Ferchland at email@example.com.
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