A 23-year-old former assistant football coach at a Riverside high school pleaded guilty Thursday to having sexual relations with a student.
Windell J. Thompson admitted a felony charge of 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 Elisabeth Sitchell scheduled a sentencing hearing for Oct. 7 at the Riverside Hall of Justice. Thompson is free on a $25,000 bond.
The defendant was arrested in 2017 following a Riverside police investigation.
In October of that year, detectives spoke with multiple girls from La Sierra High School about their interactions with Thompson, culminating in a warrant for Thompson’s 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.
He has no documented prior felony convictions.