RIVERSIDE – A former volunteer assistant basketball coach at Perris High School is expected to be sentenced tomorrow to six years in prison for carrying on a months-long sexual relationship with a female student.
Dominic Leon Evans, 49, pleaded guilty Jan. 24 to 24 felony charges, including lewd acts on a child under 15, sodomy of a minor and possession of child pornography.
The defense made a plea directly to Riverside County Superior Court Judge Becky Dugan, who accepted it without an objection from the District Attorney’s Office.
Dugan indicated a sentence of six years in prison would be imposed, though she could change that term. Had he been convicted by a jury, Evans could have faced more than 50 years behind bars.
The defendant, who is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, was arrested lat November following a sheriff’s investigation that uncovered evidence he had been engaging in sex with a a girl identified in court documents as Jane Doe.
According to the criminal complaint, between January and July of last year, the defendant engaged in a variety of sex acts with the girl. The locations of the meetings were not disclosed.
According to investigators, Evans worked as a volunteer coach for both the boys’ and girls’ basketball squads at Perris High, though how long he acted in that capacity could not be confirmed.