Florida High School Football Coach faces Jacked up Sex Crime Charges

Jacksonville is a city that is full of people who are young to old, big to little, small to large. Each and everyone within this city has their sexual attractions, and unfortunately for some, attraction can become a driving force, making impulse overtake reason. Sometimes the actions people take based on these sexual attractions can be illegal. When this happens, one should acquire an experienced attorney to make sure one’s best defense is presented.

According to the Lakeland Ledger, Matt Thompson, a 30 year old high school football coach, has been charged with having sex with a 17 year old female student who attended George Jenkins high school, the school Thompson worked for. The alleged sexual encounters had happened at the coach’s house in Lakeland. bilde.jpg

In many sex crimes cases, the person charged with a crime is simply someone who acted unwisely on impulse. Many of these kinds of cases involve teachers who give into temptations they have and are aroused by mature looking women or men who attract them. For many, it is hard to say no.

According to the Ledger, Thompson went to his first appearance hearing, where the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney requested Thompson post a $200,000 bail. The Prosecutor implied that the position Thompson held as a coach gave him power over the student. Furthermore, a Polk county sheriff’s detective testified that he believed the community’s children would not be safe if Thompson is released.

Cases such as this are the more common cases that the everyday citizen would see on a television program such as Law and Order. Like Law and Order though, Prosecutors and witnesses used for the state can tend to be overzealous and sometimes unreasonable. No one is excusing the behavior of this man. However, reasonability is a principle that sometimes escapes prosecutors.

Sometimes in sex crimes cases, Prosecutors, witnesses and even the accusing party can embellish facts or spin facts to make it seem that the act was not solicited and that the defendant in the case is a danger to not only the accused but to society’s children on the whole. However, in many situations, this is not the case.

Even if the accusing party cannot spin the facts in order to win the case, the accusing party will often try to imply dangers that accused might pose to society if released on a smaller bail.

In this case, the Prosecutor requested Thompson post a $200,000 bond, because Thompson was an alleged danger to society, because of Thompson’s weight and authority over the student, and because Thompson was well known at this major high school. However, just because the high school is well known, that does not mean that Thompson should be treated any different than that of any other defendant charged with the same crime.


Many Jacksonville sex crime defendants will face the same type of treatment from Prosecutors who can be over zealous. The only logical choice in this situation is to fight the charge. One needs a knowledgeable and experienced Jacksonville sex crimes attorney to fight for one case. Don’t allow your life to be ruined by a sex crimes charge. Defend yourself.

The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source: Coach Accused of Sex Crime Faces Dismissal, Bail Set at $50,000, by Jason Geary, The Lakeland Ledger