Ex-Chowchilla coach gets 120 days in jail for sex with player
MADERA COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) -- A former Chowchilla High School coach, who had sexual relations with one of his players, learned his fate in a Madera County courtroom.
Edward Tovar wasted no time at his court sentencing Wednesday morning. Nearly two years after allegations surfaced he was having sexual relations with a former player. He took to the podium to hear his punishment and the judge had some strong words.
Hon. Dale Blea said, "Mr. Tovar, you occupied a position of trust. When you took the position of softball coach you did so to help youth, to help the students and you abused that position."
Nearly two years ago, the Chowchilla softball community was in shock after learning their junior varsity coach - Edward Tovar - was accused of sexual relations with a player. Parents told Action News, Tovar was a man they trusted.
"These events will affect the victim in the case for the rest of her life and there's nothing the court can do that will change that."
With that, Tovar was sentenced to 120 days in jail and five years of probation.
At times, Tovar seemed emotional as he listened the ruling. The deal was reached as a part of a plea agreement, instead of going to trial.
Madera County District Attorney Michael Keitz says Tovar is not getting off lightly. "He's going to have to undergo periodic polygraph examinations to make sure he's not committing any criminal or illegal activity that got him into this situation in the first place and he's going to have to register as a sex offender for life."
Tovar also lost his job as a sergeant at the Central California Women's Facility.
The district attorney's office says although the case has come to an end, the crime is something that will forever impact both sides.
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