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Minnesota youth coach faces rape charges

Minnesota youth coach faces rape charges


Authorities say a Minnesota youth basketball coach raped a 19-year-old woman in her sleep during a visit to Sauk County for a tournament in July.

The Sauk County District Attorney’s Office on Wednesday charged 32-year-old Isaac J. Thomas of St. Paul, Minnesota, with felony second-degree sexual assault of an unconscious victim for an incident that allegedly occurred July 16 at a Wisconsin Dells campground.

According to the criminal complaint, Thomas and others had visited the area to participate in a basketball tournament, and were staying in a permanent trailer at the Bonanza Campground.

A woman traveling with the group told a Lake Delton police officer that she was awakened in the middle of the night by Thomas, who was in her bed and was sexually assaulting her.

The alleged victim told police she tried unsuccessfully to get away and repeatedly told Thomas to stop. After about 10 minutes, she said, Thomas left the room quietly.

The crowd sourcing website includes a post in which Thomas lists himself as the founder of “St. Paul’s finest & ladies finest youth basketball program.” He asks for donations to help pay for various supplies and out-of-town tournament expenses.

The page says participants in the basketball program are age 10 and under.

A phone number for Thomas listed online had been disconnected as of Thursday afternoon. And an attempt to reach him through social media was not successful.

If convicted, Thomas could face up to 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. He is scheduled to appear in Sauk County Circuit Court on Dec. 21.

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