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Ronald G. ThomasArticle from Journal Star

A former Limestone youth baseball coach faces up to seven years in prison after being arrested last week on sex abuse charges.

Ronald Thomas, 49, of 3826 S. Wheatfield Way in Mapleton bonded out of the Peoria County Jail on Saturday after posting $3,500, or 10 percent of his $35,000 bond. He was charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old boy. He had been arrested on Thursday night, hours after the incident allegedly occurred.

The details of the incident were few, but it appears it occurred at Thomas’ house, according to police reports at the Peoria County Sheriff’s Department. No further details were available.

Mike Daxenbichler, the president of the Limestone Youth Baseball Association, said Thomas had served as an assistant coach for the organization’s 12 and under team this year and was on the association’s board of directors. He has been suspended from both positions, Daxenbichler said, pending the outcome of the court cases.

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Andria Seo

Andria Seo is an Associate Attorney at Crew Janci LLP. Andria is a graduate of the New York University School of Law. During law school, she worked with the National Center for Youth Law, the Legal Aid Society, and the NYCLU. Prior to joining the team at Crew Janci LLP, Andria advocated for vulnerable children and their families as a staff attorney at Partnership for Children’s Rights, a nonprofit based in New York City. Andria also previously worked assisting in the representation of victims of a terrorist attack in civil suits. Andria moved to Portland in 2016 and joined Crew Janci LLP in 2017. She is admitted to practice in Oregon and New York