AGOURA : Ex-School Coach Gets Probation in Theft

A former Agoura High School girls softball coach was sentenced Wednesday in Malibu Municipal Court to three years probation after pleading no contest to a grand theft charge connected to the misuse of funds he collected for a summer softball league.

Anthony Earl Dyer, 36, entered his plea shortly before a preliminary hearing on the charges was scheduled to begin. Six counts of petty theft were dismissed in exchange for Dyer's plea, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. Phillip Stirling.

Dyer also was fined $2,700.

Dyer was charged in December after a monthlong investigation. Parents had complained that they had given Dyer about $1,000 for uniforms and equipment for a 14-years-old-and-under girls' summer softball league. Stirling said Dyer spent some of the money for equipment, but also used some for personal expenses.

Stirling said the sentence was appropriate because Dyer was remorseful and none of the parents wanted Dyer to be jailed.

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