Saturday, December 16, 2017
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St. Pete youth softball coach charged with sexually abusing girl

Pinellas sheriff's deputies arrested a St. Petersburg youth softball coach Thursday who they say sexually abused a 15-year-old girl.

James C. Woods, 28, admitted to authorities that he had sexual contact with the girl at least twice between July 2013 and January, deputies said.

Sheriff's officials did not release information about what youth softball teams Woods was involved with. They also didn't release information about how he met the girl he is accused of abusing.

Detectives believe Woods may have abused others because he had frequent contact with children. They have opened at least two other investigations, sheriff's officials said.

He was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery. He was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and was being held Thursday night on $40,000 bail. Court records show he has only a shoplifting charge on his record, for which he received probation in 2007.

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