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Former ‘Select’ Basketball Coach who Molested Players used False Identity

December 3, 2010

ANTHONY DEREK GILES, 53, of Renton, Washington, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 32 months in prison and three years of supervised release for Aggravated Identity Theft and Social Security Fraud. GILES is a former elite basketball coach who was convicted in King County Superior Court of sexual misconduct with a minor. He was sentenced in 2003 to a prison term and is required to register as a sex offender. An investigation in 2010, revealed that GILES was using the identity of a deceased infant to obtain employment and state benefits.

According to records filed in the case, in late 2009, the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) alerted the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General (SSA-OIG) that GILES was using the identity and social security number of a deceased infant to obtain state benefits. GILES had been using the identity since as early as 1990, and had obtained drivers licenses and social security cards in the name of the deceased child. GILES used the identity for his employment at Boeing, and to avoid having to reveal that he was a Level III registered sex offender.

Law enforcement had multiple contacts with GILES between 2008 and 2010, related to allegations of harassment and manufacturing marijuana. During the execution of a search warrant at GILES’ home, officers found photos and videos hidden in a stereo speaker box depicting GILES engaged in sexual activity with a 15-year-old victim. GILES was identified in a Seattle Times investigative report, “Coaches who Prey,” for manipulating and sexually molesting young women who played for his select basketball team.

In asking for a three year prison sentence, Assistant United States Attorney Vince Lombardi wrote to the court that GILES “is a sexual predator with aberrant sexual interests.... (He) stole the identity of a deceased infant, and used it to obtain false identification. While he stole that identity well before his conviction for sexual misconduct with a minor, he continued to use that identity after that conviction to obtain benefits to which he was not entitled, and to avoid at least some of the consequences of being a registered sex offender.”

The case was investigated by the Renton Police Department and the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General (SSA-OIG). The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Vince Lombardi.

For additional information please contact Emily Langlie, Public Affairs Officer for the United States Attorney’s Office, at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@USDOJ.Gov.



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