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A longtime Anaheim baseball coach will begin a 16-month prison term in February after he pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit text messages to two teenage boys he met through the job.

Edwin Alan Wikstrom, 55, of Anaheim, sent sexually charged text messages on multiple occasions from 2011 to 2013 to the boys, who were 16 and 17 years old, according to Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Nichols, the original prosecutor who filed charges against Wikstrom.

Wikstrom met the boys through his coaching job at Katella High School in Anaheim.

A parent of one of the boys came across the text messages and called Anaheim police, who arrested Wikstrom on June 11, 2013, in Lakewood, where he was coaching a game.

Wikstrom pleaded guilty to four counts of exhibition of lewd material to a minor, two counts of lewd acts on a child 14 or 15, and a count each of possession or control of child pornography, sexual exploitation of a child and using a minor in the sale, distribution of obscene matter or production of pornography, all felonies, according to court records.

After Wikstrom entered his plea Thursday, he was immediately sentenced to the 16 months and given until Feb. 11 to report.

Wikstrom has also coached in the East Anaheim Little League and in Lakewood, according to Nichols. He has been coaching in Southern California for about 32 years, the prosecutor said.

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