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Former Turlock coach charged with sexual assault
Jason Cole
Jason Cole

A former Turlock High volleyball coach, who was once named coach of the year, was arrested in Roseville earlier this month on allegations he sexually assaulted a minor.

Jason Cole, 40, was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation of an unconscious person and oral copulation on a person under 18 years of age.

Cole served as the head coach for the girls volleyball team at Turlock High School between 2003 to 2006 and was named the Central California Conference Coach of the Year in 2003.

The victim of the alleged assault reported to the Lincoln Police Department on Jan. 1, 2016 that he had been sexually assaulted while asleep at a private residence.

The claim was sent to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office for further investigation and they filed the sexual assault charges against Cole on March 17 of this year. He was taken into custody on April 5 by the Roseville Police Department.

According to the Roseville and Granite Bay Press Tribune, Cole was the walk-on varsity boys volleyball coach for Roseville High School in 2015. When notified of the investigation, the school put him on paid administrative leave and then opted to not renew his contract for the following season.

Cole also served as a coach for the Northern California Volleyball Club up until the time of his arrest.

After leaving Turlock Cole went on to work as the assistant volleyball coach at Dominican University. A news release from the university sent at the time of his hiring said Cole had “coached varsity volleyball at Turlock, Colfax, and Placer high schools. Since 2009, he has assisted with the Northern California Volleyball Club in Sacramento, USA High Performance Volleyball Program and at the Boys High Performance Camp in Tucson, Ariz.”

Cole has entered a not guilty plea to the charges lodged against him. He has a court hearing set for May 10 in Placer County Superior Court.