MCSO arrests softball/baseball coach for sex crimes against minors – seeks additional victims
Jack “Buck” Thomas, a self-employed softball/baseball hitting coach, was arrested on January 4, 2019, by detectives with the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office (MCSO) Special Victims Unit
and THE West Sacramento Police Department.
Detectives served a search warrant at 8926 N. 172nd Drive in Waddell, AZ and arrested the 42-year-old Thomas for an outstanding felony arrest warrant out of the State of California for multiple crimes of a sexual nature against children under the age of 18.
According to MCSO, the investigation into Thomas originated in the Sacramento area after several victims reported having been inappropriately touched. During the investigation, detectives with the West Sacramento Police Department learned that Thomas operated his own
business as a baseball/softball hitting coach. It was during private hitting instruction that Thomas had access to the victims.
According to West Sacramento Police Department (WSPD), at least one victim was sexually assaulted within the jurisdiction of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office after she travelled to Arizona for training.
MCSO and WSPD are continuing the investigation into the crimes, and detectives believe there
may be additional victims within Maricopa County. Anyone with further information should
contact the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Special Victim’s Unit by calling, 602 876-1011.
Thomas was booked into the 4th Ave Jail for the following charges committed in California; (1) count of Lewd and Lascivious conduct, (1) count of Sexual Penetration with force, (2) counts of Oral Copulation, (4) counts Sexual Battery and (3) counts Burglary. His extradition to California is pending.