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High School Coach Accused Of Inappropriately Touching 25 Wrestlers

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A high school wrestling coach from the South Bay has been arrested after 25 students accused him of inappropriately touching them.Thomas Snider, a wrestling coach at Torrance High School, was taken into custody on Wednesday and has been charged with 33 felony counts of lewds acts on a child and 8 misdemeanor counts of child annoyance. The accusations first came to light in January but date back as far as August 2013, according to the Daily Breeze. Snider was put on leave while the matter was being investigated.

Although Snider also taught computer classes at the school, Torrance Police said the charges were only related to the wrestling team. According to the Torrance Unified School District, Snider had been with the district since 1990.

Attorney Rosty Gore, who is representing Snider, said his client was innocent and has fully cooperated with investigators. "We just want to be sure Mr. Snider will receive a fair trial and the truth will be known," he said.

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