Sex offender pleads no contest
Wearing black slacks, a blue collared shirt and trepidation on his face, Jeremy Brice pleaded no contest to a felony charge of having sex with a minor Thursday.
Brice, a former coach at Whittell High School and program director at the Boys and Girls Club, had a short court appearance in what was supposed to be a preliminary hearing for one felony count of oral copulation with a female under the age of 18.
In exchange for his plea, a second misdemeanor count of inappropriately meeting two young girls on different occasions will be dropped at sentencing.
Brice must submit to a psychiatrist test and HIV test before the sentencing on Sept. 26.
He faces a maximum of three years in state prison but likely will be sentenced to the El Dorado County jail, attorneys said. He must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, prosecutor Anthony Sears said.
Brice left swiftly after his court appearance. His fiance, who did not provide her name, waited for Brice while he was in the probation department.
“I don’t know. It’s his choice,” she said about the decision for a plea bargain.
Brice only spoke when El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Jerald Lasarow read through a list of questions when a defendant issues a plea.
“The case was very straight forward,” Sears said. “Mr. Brice wanted to exit with his responsibility at an early stage.”