Volunteer high school basketball coach arrested on sexual battery charges

Herbert Thomas, 38, had relations with girl, Orange County deputies say


ORLANDO, Fla. – A volunteer assistant girl's basketball coach at an Orange County high school has been arrested on sexual battery charges.

Orange County sheriff's deputies said Herbert Thomas, 38, formed a relationship with one of his players, who was a minor.

Thomas, who lives on Cardamon Drive in Orlando according to jail records, is a volunteer at Jones High School and is also affiliated with the Florida Girls Basketball League, according to authorities.

Deputies searched Thomas' home and recovered evidence, which led to his arrest. It's not clear what the evidence was.

A spokesperson for Orange County Public Schools said Thomas is no longer a volunteer on the school campus. OCPS said Thomas was an unpaid volunteer and that they require their volunteer coaches to pass background checks.

He was arrested Friday on two counts of sexual battery. According to jail records, Thomas was booked into jail at 1:16 a.m. Saturday. He has posted a $20,000 bond, but he won't be released from jail on Tuesday because of home confinement processing, according to jail officials.

Investigators believe there could be other victims because of Thomas' positions at both the school and the league.

Anyone with other information about possible victims can contact the Orange County Sheriff's Office.