Representatives within the Martinez Jail have confirmed they are detaining a Walnut Creek high school water polo coach. The defendant, 27 year-old Christopher Yang was arrested early last Thursday morning. Contra Costa County sheriff’s deputies said they took Yang into custody on an outstanding warrant. The warrant was issued after it was determined the coach may have been involved in a sexual relationship with a minor.
If he is convicted he could serve several years in a state prison. Inmates who are serving sentences related to sex crimes are not eligible to serve their time in county jails. Only persons who are convicted of non-serious, non-sexual and non-violent crimes are eligible to be transferred to county facilities under the prisoner realignment program.
At the time of his arrest Yang was transported to the Martinez Jail where he is being held in lieu of $390,000 bail. He faces multiple felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Jail officials say he is facing other felony charges related to those acts.
It is not believed that he or a member of his family has attempted to hire a Martinez Jail bondsman in order to obtain a pretrial release. If they wish to proceed their total cost would be 10%, or $39,000.
School administrators have reportedly not issued any comment regarding the arrest. The name of the victim is being withheld due to her age. Yang is scheduled to appear in court later this month.