Ex-high school coach accused of sex abuse sent back to jail

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A former New Mexico high school coach accused of sexual encounters with students has been sent back to jail after the judge said he showed “absolute disdain” for his pretrial release conditions.

Judge Jason Lidyard on Tuesday ordered 30-year-old Dominick Baca jailed until his trial.

The former Pecos High School assistant basketball coach was charged last year with sexual penetration and sexual contact involving two teenage girls.

Prosecutors have now charged him with more than two dozen counts of violating his house arrest and tampering with his ankle monitor.

Prosecutors say Baca traveled to Albuquerque 15 times and attended the state high school basketball tournament.

His attorney, Thomas Clark, told the judge that Baca admitted he failed to comply, but his client was left unsupervised for seven months.

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