A St. Petersburg youth softball coach was arrested on Thursday after detectives said he had sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl.
According to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, James Woods, 28, was charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious battery on a 15-year-old girl.
Officials said the teen is known to Woods, and the incidents occurred on three occasions between July of 2013 and January of 2014 at a home in St. Petersburg.
Detectives said Woods admitted to the allegations, and was transported to Pinellas County Jail.
Woods coached softball as part of the Fossil Park Youth Baseball and Softball League at Fossil Park in St. Petersburg since last fall.
Everyone Bay News 9 spoke with Thursday night said they had no idea something like this could happen.
"I'm appalled at the allegations actually," said League President Todd Buhnerkemper. "It's unfortunate. I didn't see it coming. I don't know that anybody saw it coming.”
Buhnerkemper said Woods passed a background check.
Woods’ neighbors are shocked to hear of the news.
"I had no inclination at all, that he would do something like that,” said neighbor Jason Randolph. “Allegedly. Right, he hasn't been convicted yet, of course."
Randolph said Woods has two kids of his own; a 5-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl. He said Woods just had a big birthday party for the 5-year-old in the family’s backyard on Sunday.
As for the League’s President, he wants to remind parents that their children are as safe as can be.
"We're going to do everything we can to protect the children at Fossil Park," said Buhnerkemper.
He also went on to say that they will continue to do background checks and monitor all of their coaches.
No one at his home wanted to comment.
In accordance with Bay News 9's crime guidelines, the teen will not be identified.
Detectives believe there could be more victims.
Anyone with information on this investigation or other potential victims, is asked to contact Detective M. Flashenburg with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Crimes Against Children Unit at 727-582-6200 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.