Former La Sierra High School assistant coach sentenced for sex with underage student

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) – A 23-year-old former assistant football coach at La Sierra High School in Riverside was sentenced Tuesday to 60 days in jail and three years felony probation for having sex with an underage student.

Windell J. Thompson pleaded guilty in August to unlawful intercourse with a minor and a misdemeanor count of annoying a child under 18 years old. In exchange for his admissions, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office dropped two related misdemeanor allegations.

Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Jackson certified the terms of the plea agreement and imposed the sentence stipulated by the prosecution and defense. In addition to jail time and probation, the judge ordered Thompson to serve six months in a sheriff’s work release program, during which he’ll have to be employed or attend school.

The defendant will also have to register as a convicted sex offender, limiting where he can work and the type of contact he may have with minors in the future.

Thompson was arrested in 2017 following a Riverside police investigation.

In October of that year, detectives spoke with multiple girls from La Sierra High about their interactions with the defendant, culminating in a warrant for his arrest, according to Officer Ryan Railsback.

“It was determined the assistant coach had been having inappropriate contact with various female students at the high school through social media platforms,” Railsback said previously. “It was also discovered he had (sexual) contact with at least one of the involved students.”

The Alvord Unified School District employed Thompson on an at-will basis, and he was fired as soon as the allegations came to light.

At the time of his arrest, he had no documented prior felony convictions.