SANTA FE — A former assistant high school basketball coach is set to plead guilty to sexual assault involving female students, his lawyer confirmed Friday.
Dominick Baca, 30, is facing three counts of criminal sexual penetration and two counts of criminal sexual contact for having sex with two Pecos High School girls, one of whom was 14 at the time, going to back to 2017.
Baca was an assistant boys basketball coach who helped the Panthers win two state championships. The sex crimes allegedly occurred while Baca was living with the team’s star player, who was granted a hardship waiver by the New Mexico Activities Association to live with a coach.
Baca also was recently charged with 33 counts of escape from a community release program, tampering with evidence and criminal damage to property for taking off his GPS monitor intended to keep him on house arrest pending trial, and for participating in basketball tournaments.
He was also reportedly seen at the high school basketball championships at the Pit in Albuquerque in March and was found to have been an Albuquerque Hooters restaurant, a Santa Fe tattoo parlor and a couple of school campuses. The violations, once discovered, put him back in jail.