A Napa High junior varsity softball coach was arrested Friday on suspicion of child molestation and other counts, according to the Napa Police Department.
Christa Rene Tharp, 33, allegedly had an “ongoing sexual relationship” with a juvenile she met while coaching a local youth softball team, police allege. In addition to coaching at Napa High, Tharp coaches a Napa Valley Express softball team.
Tharp was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation with a person under the 18 years of age, contacting a minor with the intent to commit a sexual offense, molesting a child under 18 years of age and sending harmful matter to a minor with the intent to seduce, police said.
“This is an ongoing investigation and may have additional victims,” Sgt. Chase Haag wrote in an email.
She was booked into the Napa County Jail.
The Napa Valley Unified School District said Tharp was on staff at Napa High during the 2010-’11 school year as a coach, but could not say when she started with the district.
“There’s not very much for us to say, this is a confidential matter” said Ashley Halliday, assistant superintendent of Human Resources. “It’s a very difficult bit of information for us to receive.”
Halliday said the district will cooperate with Napa police and give them any information it can to assist in the investigation.
Doug Egbert, an administrator for the Napa Valley Express Board of Directors, said only that the organization will work with police, if necessary.
Police ask anyone with additional information to contact Det. Elia at 707-257-9514 or email@example.com.