A former California High wrestling coach and church youth group leader was sentenced to more than 10 years in state prison Friday after pleading guilty to eight felony counts stemming from committing lewd acts on boys, according to a Contra Costa County prosecutor.
Kevin Lopez, 27, admitted to the charges as part of a plea deal that called for a stipulated prison term and prosecutors dropping the remaining felony counts against him.
Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Cheryl Mills accepted Lopez's guilty pleas and sentenced him to the agreed-upon term of 10 years and eight months in prison during a hearing Friday in Martinez, according to prosecutor Alison Chandler.
Lopez, a San Ramon resident, pleaded guilty to four counts of committing lewd acts upon a child 14-15 years old, two counts of distributing lewd materials to a minor and two counts of arranging a meeting with a minor for the purpose of engaging in lewd and lascivious behavior, Chandler said.
The crimes involved three boy victims between 2003 and last September, the prosecutor added.
Lopez was originally charged with 20 felonies after his arrest last September. He had initially pleaded not guilty to the counts.
San Ramon police took Lopez into custody Sept. 9 following a search of his San Ramon home that occurred hours after authorities received notification about a possible "inappropriate relationship" between Lopez and a child who was more than 10 years younger than him.
Lopez, who was Cal High's head wrestling coach at the time, was relieved of his coaching duties after his arrest. He had served on the Grizzlies' coaching staff since 2005, including working as head coach since 2012.
Lopez had also been a small group youth leader at New Life Church in San Ramon and Alamo, according to authorities.