MCSO: Self-employed softball & baseball coach accused of sex crimes against minors

WADDELL, Ariz. (FOX 10) -- Officials with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office announced on Friday night the arrest of a 42-year-old man, in connection with allegations of sex crimes against minors in California.

According to the statement, MCSO detectives, along with detectives with the West Sacramento Police Department, arrested Jack "Buck" Thomas in Waddell. Thomas had an outstanding arrest warrant in California for multiple crimes of a sexual nature against children under 18.

An investigation into Thomas, according to officials, originated in the Sacramento area, following several reported from alleged victims, saying they were inappropriately touched. During the investigation, detectives with West Sacramento Police discovered that Thomas ran his own business as a baseball/softball hitting coach, and it was during private hitting instruction sessions that Thomas had access to the alleged victims.

At least one alleged victim was sexually assaulted within the jurisdiction of MCSO, according to the statement. That victim reportedly traveled to Arizona for training.

Thomas, according to officials, has been booked into the 4th Avenue Jail for various sex crimes-related charges, and is awaiting extradition to California. Meanwhile, it is believed there may be additional victims within Maricopa County, and anyone with information should call MCSO 's Special Victim's Unit at (602) 876-1011.

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