Softball coach arrested for child sex crimes, MCSO seeks additional victims

By TARA ALATORRE

WADDELL – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Special Victims Unit and the West Sacramento Police Department (WSPD) arrested a self-employed baseball and softball hitting coach from Waddell for multiple child sex crimes on January 4.

Forty-two-year-old Jack “Buck” Thomas was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant from California after several victims that he coached came forward and alleged that they had been touched inappropriately by him.

The victims stated that they were sexually assaulted during private hitting instruction with Thomas, and at least one of the victims was assaulted in Maricopa County after she travelled to Arizona for training, according to MCSO.

Detectives believe that there are additional victims within Maricopa County and MCSO and WSPD are continuing to investigate.

Anyone with information about Thomas should call MCSO at 602-876-1011.

Thomas was booked in the 4th Avenue Jail for the following charges committed in California: one count of lewd conduct; one count of sexual penetration with force; two county of oral copulation; four counts of sexual battery; and three count of burglary.

His extradition to California is pending.