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Swim Coach Jailed Again on New Child Sex Charges

Former swim school owner Todd Robert Sousa is arrested on suspicion of having sex with another of his teenage students.

Todd Sousa was back behind bars Thursday on new allegations of child sex. His arrest comes about a month after he finished a prison sentence for sex with another 15-year-old swimming school student.

The 38-year-old Irvine man was arrested Wednesday night in Tustin on suspicion of having sex with a second teenage girl. That case allegedly happened more than a year ago, an Orange County sheriff's spokesman said Thursday.

Sousa, who formerly co-owned Swim Venture Inc. of Laguna Hills, pleaded guilty in October to a slew of felonies related to his relationship with the first girl. 

(Sousa's wife, Jill, said via email on Thursday that she is separated from her husband and "working toward divorce." She also stressed that, "by law, he has and can have absolutely no interest in [her current] swim school. He is not allowed near ANY children or any swim industry." State records show Jill Sousa assumed sole ownership of the school in May 2011.)

Todd Sousa was first arrested in February 2011 while coaching a swim lesson at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano.

He was eventually convicted of picking up a 15-year-old girl and her friend at the Irvine Spectrum and driving them to his office, where he gave both teenagers alcohol and then had sex with one of the girls in another room while her friend waited.

He accepted a plea deal from Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald and served a portion of his 16-month prison sentence, OCSD spokesman Jim Amormino said.

Sousa's new arrest was prompted by accusations from another 15-year-old swimming student, who told authorities she had sex with him at a hotel near Disneyland, where the two agreed to meet, Amormino said.

After Sousa was released from prison this summer, investigators tracked down the alleged victim based on a tip from an informant, Amormino said.

The girl also told authorities Sousa had sex with her in an office in Lake Forest, according to Amormino, who said the alleged crimes happened between August 2010 and February of last year.

Sousa, who was booked on suspicion of child molestation and underage sex, was being held in lieu of $200,000 bail, Amormino said.

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—City News Service contributed to this report.

M August 10, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I would urge any other victims to come forward at this time. Doing the right thing, is not always the easiest. I wonder how forgiving his wife will be now???
Peter Gozinya September 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Forgiving? Did you read the part above that says they're separated and she's seeking divorce? Doesn't sound like she forgives anyone. Try paying attention here if you're going to read.
poo face April 01, 2013 at 01:00 AM
I used to work for Todd. I didnt like him. I do understand his taboo thoughts. They are.human. Acting out on them is another story. I remember when i was 15 and.would.have had sex with a 38 year old.mom under my own responsibility. They wanted it anf got it. They didnt.say no. The girls were not forced.

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