• Former basketball coach who preyed on teen girls back behind bars

    By: Amy Clancy


    A level-three sex offender and former girls’ basketball coach infamous in the Pacific Northwest for sexually assaulting a number of his young players 10 years ago is again behind bars.

    Fifty-seven-year-old Tony Giles of Renton was arrested by federal parole agents and the Issaquah Police Department for investigation of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, a class C felony.

    According to the report filed by Issaquah detectives, Giles was driving through the parking lot of the Issaquah Target and Safeway stores last week photographing and making sexual comments towards women.

    Issaquah Commander Stan Conrad said the department received six complaints and that Giles “was all over the place.  We got multiple reports that day.”

    One complaint came from a mother.  Police said Giles took a picture of that mother, then in front of her 12-year-old son said,“Nice ass.  Thanks for the photos I took of your ass.  Give me your phone number and I will meet you later to check that ass out.”

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    But the comment that could land Giles in the most trouble legally, according to detectives, was made to a 16-year-old girl; “I would love to (blank) between your legs”  and worse.

    At Friday’s bail hearing inside the King County Jail in downtown Seattle , Deputy Prosecutor Steven Kim argued that Giles’ bail should be set at $500,000: “I don’t know how much more immoral you can get, than to say that to a 16-year-old.”

    Judge Mark Chow set bail instead at $300,000.

    Kim detailed Giles’ criminal history, which includes targeting teenage girls for sex.

    In 2003, KIRO 7 reported that Giles, a former league basketball coach, was sentenced to nearly four years in prison for demanding sex from multiple players on his team – some as young as 14 – in exchange for promises of college scholarships.   

    One of them spoke to KIRO 7 at Giles’ sentencing.

    “You’re like, 'Well, I don’t want to do this.'”  The now-grown woman said Giles would then say, Fine, then I won’t play basketball with you.”

    Giles has convictions for felony sex offenses, felony assault, phone harassment, social security fraud and more.  In 2010, he was sentenced to  32 months in federal prison for assuming the identity of a deceased infant in order to collect government benefits. 

    He was released in June of 2012, and was being supervised by the Federal Bureau of Prisons for another three years at the time of Thursday’s arrest.

    Giles is expected back in court on September 10.

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