EAST COUNTY: A youth softball and basketball coach was arrested yesterday on suspicion of molesting six children in Ramona and Julian over the past four years, sheriff's officials said.
James Russell Phillips, 41, was arrested on Harbison Canyon Road in Dehesa about 7 p.m., sheriff's Sgt. Hank Turner said.
Phillips worked as a coach for youth softball and basketball teams in Ramona and Julian. One alleged victim was a member of one of the teams, Turner said.
An investigation by the sheriff's child abuse unit began in last month. Phillips is accused of molesting children ranging in age from 9 to 13, between October 2004 and January.
Turner said Phillips cooperated with the investigation and admitted one child's allegations. He was booked into jail on three counts of continuous molestation of a child and three additional counts of child molestation.
There seems to be an epidemic of youth coaches preying on their athletes here in San Diego, so I think I'm just going to post every story I see on this from now on. This makes me sick...