[UPDATED: Todd Sousa Charged] Swim Coach Accused of Being 'Involved' With Underage Student

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​​UPDATE, MARCH 26, 3:40 P.M.: On Friday morning, Todd Sousa was arraigned and pled not guilty to 18 charges, including sexual relations with a 15-year-old student he met through his swim-lessons business. Prosecutors tried to push the OC District Court judge, Stephanie George, to bar Sousa from contact with girls younger than 18 years old, but the judge chose to limit the restriction to 14- to 18-year-old females. 

Sousa has been out on $100,000 bail since Feb. 24. If other victims come forward, the judge indicated she may consider increasing the amount. The pretrial date is set for May 13.

UPDATE, MARCH 24, 2:05 P.M.: You may remember Todd Sousa, the 36-year-old swim coach who was accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student. He was the owner of a swim school, Swim Ventures, which used a number of South County pools.  

Yesterday afternoon, Sousa was charged with 13 felony counts of lewd acts on a child, three felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse and two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 

If Sousa is convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in a state prison. He is out of custody on $100,000 bail and will be arraigned on Friday at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. The OC district attorney's office released a statement (it can be seen in its entirety after the jump) that goes into further detail about Sousa's sexual relationship with the young girl. Authorities are concerned there may be more victims.

The OCDA's statement:

SWIM INSTRUCTOR TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 15-YEAR-OLD STUDENT WHOM HE MET THROUGH COACHING

*Orange County District Attorney is seeking the public's help identifying potential additional victims

SANTA ANA - The Orange County District Attorney's Office is seeking the public's help identifying potential additional victims of a swim instructor charged with having an unlawful sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female student. Todd Robert Sousa, 36, Irvine, was charged yesterday, March 23, 2011, with 13 felony counts of lewd acts on a child, three felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, and two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in state prison. Sousa is out of custody on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, March 25, 2011, at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach. The time and Department are to be determined.

At the time of the crime, Sousa co-owned and taught swim classes for Swim Ventures, an Orange County-based swim school and program that offered lessons in leased pools for children and adults throughout the County.

The defendant is accused of meeting 15-year-old Jane Doe while working as her swim instructor. He is accused of grooming the victim and having unlawful sexual contact with her, including kissing and touching her breasts and vagina over her clothes.

Between April 1, 2010, and Feb. 18, 2011, Sousa is accused of escalating the unlawful sexual conduct including digital penetration, oral copulation, and sexual intercourse on several occasions. He is accused of sexually assaulting the victim in the Swim Ventures office, an equipment closet, and in his car.

On Feb. 18, 2011, Sousa is accused of picking Jane Doe and her friend up from Irvine Spectrum and driving them to the Swim Ventures office. He is accused of providing alcohol to both victims before taking Jane Doe into another room to have sex with her while her friend waited outside.

Jane Doe's parents learned of Sousa's unlawful sexual relationship from Jane Doe's friend's parents and contacted law enforcement.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department investigated this case. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.


ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 28, 3:45 P.M.: Another week, another story of an adult deciding to put his or her pervy hands on an underage child. 

Todd Sousa was in the middle of a swim practice at JSerra High on Thursday evening when authorities walked onto the pool deck and placed him under arrest. The 36-year-old swim coach and instructor is facing charges of child molestation after allegedly carrying on a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl who was one of his students.

At the time of his arrest, Sousa was on staff as a coach with the Irvine Aquazot Swim Club. At the time of this story, Sousa was no longer listed on the Aquazot coach page. Sousa was previously the coach of the boys' swim team at Woodbridge High.

In an interview with ABC-7, Jim Amormino of the OC Sheriff's Department said the mother of the young girl came to authorities after she found out that her daughter was "involved" with Sousa. Sousa is expected to face multiple charges, including child molestation.

Sousa has been coaching since 1994, which has authorities worried there may be other victims. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the OCSD. USA Swimming is also investigating the charges against Sousa, according to The Orange County Register.

Along with coaching swimming, Sousa owns a swim school called Swim Venture with his wife. The program functions out of various indoor and outdoor pools throughout South Orange County. 

According to his bio on the board member page of JackRabbit Swim, a "web-based swim school," Sousa was twice named to the Who's Who of American Teachers and has also been recognized by the United States Swim School Association for his teaching. Next to the bio, Sousa is pictured with his wife and two young daughters.



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Harley Olvera
Harley Olvera

Being one of his swimmers, I was on deck when he was arrested. He OPENLY admitted to having a sexual relationship with his 15 yr old student. Yes, it was consensual but she is underage therefore it is statutory rape. His actions are what made this mess and he is the one who ruined his reputation. He could have said no, easily could have ended the relationship, but chose not to

Sharon Beadle
Sharon Beadle

Having known Mr. Sousa for ALL of his life I am disgusted that you all are so ready to jump on the band wagon that this upstanding man is guilty of anything. This is a man who has worked hard and has as exemplary reputation and one comment from a young girl who was probably put in her place and his life and career are ruined. Even if he is found not guilty you have essentially trashed his reputation and he will never be able to work again doing what he loves best. Shame on you all.Sharon B.

Guestab64999
Guestab64999

Swim Venture has changed it's name to Atlantis Aquatics Swim School in Laguna Hills, CA.They also have use of a Jewish School's pool in Huntington Beach. I don't know what this princpal was thinking?? The name may be under Todd's brother or father's name...but who would want to associate with this group. Sousa's wife has left him and file for divorce.

Alliedmodular
Alliedmodular

Appears Todd is trying to reinvent himself and his school. Although Swim Venture is closed all roads (phone numbers and new web-site) are now leading to a newly formed Swim school Atlantis Aquatics. A must read http://sanjuancapistrano.patch...

Harley
Harley

I am (or was) a swimmer of Todd's for years. This is absolutely disgusting to read. The girl that was involved with him has made herself know to multiple people, myself included. She think's he "could be trusted" and "wouldn't hurt her". He really lead all of us to believe he could be trusted. His two daughters are about to lose their mom to breast cancer and now their dad is going to jail. What a bastard.

NellieOleson
NellieOleson

GROOMING means he was slowly developing a relationship with her that kept getting more sexual and touchy-feely so she felt safe with him until he finally had all her trust then raped her and assaulted her. It doesn't matter that it wasn't by force. HE is the ADULT! She is still a child. A teenager who doesn't know yet about boundaries and consequences. Her parents are still teaching her and she is still learning. Todd had NO BUSINESS taking advantage of her. He would be the first one to go after any man that did this to his two daughters! And he DID admit all of this when he was ARRESTED! The police have proof! And he committed these crimes at his business! In the office! Do you really think this was the first time AND GIRL? Ask his employees!

twitter
twitter

maybe he was picking lice from her hair like monkeys in love.

Wanda
Wanda

LOL what does grooming the victim mean? shaving her vagina? lol, todd- you are so gross!

Becky
Becky

Who's to say he's a "scumbag"? Does that reporter know him?

twitter
twitter

O.m.g. aren't you quick to have it all figured out? maybe the girl was harassing him? Maybe she was chasing him? You have no idea what went down and because of that you want to lop off his sex organs? People need to start judging our over sexualized, regressive, popular youth culture a little more before they judge and hang individuals that they know nothing about.

Mike King
Mike King

You these child predators really need to be dealt with severally and need to loose there sex organs. This way they do not have anything to abuse another child, seems this kind of stuff has been getting out of hand and then they work there way into situations where they come in contact with children even become a authority figure to get some kind of leverage over these poor kids. We as the general public need to really educate our children about this, and teach them it is not right and I to let us know if anything fishy is going on in school after school sports, team sports out side of school, church any where. Sad to say in this world that there are people who can and will harm our kids.

Swmr
Swmr

I appreciate you standing up for your teammate and friend.  Coach Todd overstepped many boundaries, manipulating and taking advantage of a young girl.  Anyone who thinks this predator is not guilty of what he did - you are wrong. 

guest
guest

If you know him, then you should know that he admitted to the crime when he was arrested. 

Ocean Swimmer
Ocean Swimmer

you dont know him at all...this is not the first time he has cheated on his wife and family. that alone is reason enough to pull your support. it saddens me that you dont see the ruined life of this young girl and the destroyed family he left behind. supporting the sicko makes you just as sick....everyone at that company swim venture(atlantis now) knows Todd is not only capable of such action but guilty of such action on multiple occasions. people reaching out in defense of children and teenager being taken advantage of is nothing to be ashamed of,...coming to the defense of a known pediphile, well Sharon Beadle, you decide where that leaves you?

Harley Olvera
Harley Olvera

He is a pig. His actions are what caused him to get this reputation. His poor wife and daughters will have to grow up knowing that their dad was a pedophile. He deserves the negative attention and in no way has earned a good view from anyone. I swam for him for countless years and I am disgusted by his actions.

NellieOleson
NellieOleson

Are you stupid? She is a kid. He can't keep his little willy in his pants and his tongue in his mouth? HE is the adult who should say NO and be mature and walk away IF she was "after" him. Grow up!

Chasen_Marshall
Chasen_Marshall

Really? Do YOU even buy that defense? If the young woman was the aggressor, you know, as a result of watching too many reality TV shows and listening to pop music, that makes it okay for Mr. Sousa to (allegedly) have sex with a minor? Yikes. Sorry, your defense doesn't check out.

Swimlikearey
Swimlikearey

I can't even stand all of you people slamming Todd without knowing all the facts.  Oh wait, yes I can believe it.  Do you know how easy it is for someone to cry rape?  But wait, this girl in no way has even said she was raped.  If you read any of the early reports, she was a willing participant.  Being a willing participant does not make it right by any stretch of the imagination.  But, what I am saying is that it isn't all that crazy to believe that this is one messed up situation.  Rape against her will, I don't think so. 

Mike King
Mike King

If some person was to touch Your kids, if You have any, how would You feel? And Yes if You are caught and convicted why not? So if my wife goes out in a hot little dress she needs to be raped by ever man she walks by? No, men should know right from wrong, using Your common sense is always nice, following the laws is a smart thing. But any how, prison is full of guys who love to kill child molesters. There needs to be stiffer punishments for crimes. I help this guys uses that defense, I guess next time i am at the bank and they are flaunt al that money it will be okay to rob it.

Bill T.
Bill T.

I was a jr. high-high school teacher for a couple of years. I hand no problem keeping my hands off of the little girls. However, there were at least a couple of them that scared me to death. You get on the wrong side of one of those little chasers and all it takes is one comment from one of them to ruin your whole life. This is an area where it is always assumed that the accused is guilty unless by some fluke he can proove not. This is not to excuse paedophiles but there are innocent people who get reamed through no fault of their own. According to the story, he was arrested because "... the mother of the young girl came to authorities after she found out that her daughter was "involved" with Sousa". How did she find out? Is there any hard evidence? There is nothing presented that guarantees the mother mother isn't phantasizing the relationship. This is why we have a court system, to answer questions like that.

Oh, Chasen, regarding "If other victims come forward", I assume you meant "alleged victims" but possibly it was a direct quote of a source.

Mike King
Mike King

Are You saying that I fuck children ? Okay I am a Bit suprised.

Bill T.
Bill T.

So you don't think, given the slim description of "evidence", that there is not any possibility that the girl and/or the mother may have been on some sort of vendetta? You're in the camp that if he's accused he must be guilty?

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