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Waterford, CA - David Odom, Former Hughson and Waterford High School Coach, Arrested for Sexual Acts with Minor

Waterford, CA - David Odom, Former Hughson and Waterford High School Coach, Arrested for Sexual Acts with Minor
Published: May 31, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on May 31, 2024

Former California Coach Arrested for Child Sexual Abuse

Fox 40 recently reported that 38-year-old David Odom, a former high school coach, has been arrested and is facing charges related to sexual acts with a minor. The arrest comes after a witness reported seeing Odom parked in a vehicle with what appeared to be an underage girl in an orchard earlier this year. Odom coached for both Waterford and Hughson high schools in Stanislaus County, CA. 

The investigation by the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Office has uncovered a troubling history. In 2013, Odom was reportedly involved in a relationship with a 16-year-old girl, but the case was closed due to lack of evidence. The now-adult victim has since come forward and admitted to detectives that she had a sexual relationship with Odom at the time.

In 2009, Odom held a position as an assistant coach at Waterford High School located at 121 S Reinway Ave, Waterford, CA 95386. Odom's involvement with youth in the community extended beyond his role as a volunteer coach. He also served as a youth group volunteer at Community Bible Church located at 14143 Yosemite Blvd, Waterford, CA 95386, in 2012, a position he held for approximately a year. Most recently, from 2021 to 2023, Odom acted as a volunteer track coach at Hughson High School located at 7419 E Whitmore Ave, Hughson, CA 95326.  

One of Odom's former mentees, Keadan Lara, expressed relief that action is finally being taken. "I looked at him as a father figure, for most of the time that I knew him," Lara said. "He was strong, he was good looking, good family aspects. So there really wasn't like a lot to not like about him."

Lara's mother, Kimberly, shared the sentiment, stating, "It's not acceptable... I knew these young women that were possibly involved and who didn't want to come forward. And that breaks my heart. No young woman should ever have to go through that, especially someone who's trusted in the community."

More recently, Odom served as a volunteer track coach at Hughson High School from 2021 to 2023. However, he was terminated from this position after staff observed him holding hands with a former female student who was 18 years old at the time.

Keaden Lara urged any other victims to come forward, assuring them that "you have a lot of people on your side, who now that they know about his crimes, will be looking to get justice on your behalf, even if you never come forward."

This disturbing case highlights the importance of vigilance and the need to protect vulnerable individuals within our communities. As the investigation continues, authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward and assist in bringing justice to those affected.

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Holding Negligent Parties Accountable For Teacher-Student Sexual Abuse

In the wake of the shocking allegations against former volunteer high school coach David Odom, our team sought the guidance of Mike Pfau, an experienced California school sexual abuse lawyer. In this interview, Pfau provides valuable information on the legal rights and options available to victims sexually abused by a coach, emphasizing the importance of holding both the abuser and any negligent organizations responsible.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Mr. Pfau, what are some of the key legal options available for individuals who have been sexually abused by a high school coach?

Mike Pfau, Esq. (MP): Well, Darla, in cases like this, victims may be able to file civil lawsuits against not only the abuser, but also the school district or other organizations that employed or supervised the coach. These entities can be held accountable if they knew or should have known about the abuse and failed to take proper action to protect the students.

DM: What types of damages can victims seek in these civil lawsuits?

MP: Victims may be able to recover compensation for the psychological and emotional harm they've suffered, as well as any medical expenses related to the abuse. In some cases, punitive damages may also be awarded to punish the negligent parties and deter similar misconduct in the future.

DM: Are there any time limits or statutes of limitation that victims need to be aware of?

MP: Yes, that's an important consideration. In California, victims of childhood sexual abuse often have until their 40th birthday to file a civil lawsuit. However, the laws surrounding statutes of limitation can be complex, so it's crucial for victims to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.

DM: What advice would you give to any other potential victims who may be out there?

MP: My message to any other victims is to not stay silent. You have rights, and there are legal avenues available to hold both the abuser and any negligent organizations accountable. Reach out to a qualified attorney who can help you understand your options and fight for the justice you deserve.

DM: Thank you, Mr. Pfau, for providing this important information. It's clear that victims in cases like this have legal recourse, and I hope this interview encourages anyone affected to come forward and seek the support they need.

Reaching Out for Help and Justice

For any victims or their families who have been impacted by sexual abuse in the school setting, we encourage you to reach out to our team for a free consultation. Attorney Mike Pfau and the experienced attorneys in our team are dedicated to fighting for the rights of abuse survivors and ensuring negligent parties are held accountable. No one should have to suffer the trauma of abuse in silence. Take the first step towards healing and justice by contacting us today.

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Editor: Darla is a content writer with a focus on the legal field. She covers cases of sexual abuse, drunk driving, and preventable violent crime for the Legal Herald. Contact Darla: darla@eaglepeakmarketing.com This article was fact checked prior to publishing by this author to ensure compliance with our rigorous editorial standards. We will only use authoritative sources. Our values compel us to provide only trustworthy information. If you find an error, please contact us.
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