Tennis Coach Convicted of Sex Crimes Violates Probation

Smoked Weed, Drank Alcohol, and Accessed Online Pornography

Peter Jeschke
Paul Wellman

Peter Jeschke, a former high school tennis coach found guilty of a variety of sex crimes with a minor in 2009, violated his probation, ruled Judge Frank Ochoa Friday morning.

The judge found that Jeschke violated probation in a variety of ways: He used marijuana and alcohol, didn’t report a second residence — that of a girlfriend who had a 17-year-old daughter — he was sleeping at most nights, accessed pornography on a computer, and was teaching tennis to a minor without a signed waiver from her parents.

Ochoa found the last point to be technical in nature, as Jeschke had reasonably believed his attorney took care of the waiver.

But the others, Ochoa said, were more egregious. He noted the original terms of probation that completely limited Jeschke’s computer use. But the defendant had negotiated an agreement that he be able to use his own computer for business. He was found to have accessed the pornography on a companion’s laptop. “It was a very particular term he negotiated for, and then breached,” the judge said.

Jeschke was sentenced in 2009 to probation and had to register as a sex offender after being found guilty of seven charges, including sexual penetration by a foreign object with a minor, three counts of oral copulation with a minor, and two counts of sex with a minor more than three years younger than himself. The counts were related to conduct with a girl on the Santa Barbara High School tennis team. Witnesses testified he also provided the teens with alcohol on trips.

Jeschke, who remains in jail on a no bail hold, is awaiting trial on allegations of dissuading witnesses and soliciting a person to commit a crime relating to alleged conduct during the first trial. He allegedly talked a former tennis player of his into sending threatening messages to witnesses during the trial, the day before the girls were to testify.

The probation violation could open Jeschke up to a prison term. He will be sentenced in that case on June 27. His next court appearance on the other charges is Thursday.


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