Former coach Jeremy Haggerty was sentenced in 2019 to nine years in prison for sexual abuse of boys he trained
Officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation confirmed Jeremy Haggerty, who was convicted of sexual abuse of minors, was released to the Los Angeles County post-release community supervision Tuesday.
“After serving his full sentence as defined by California law, Haggerty is under the supervision of L.A. County probation. He is not on state parole supervision,” Dana Simas, press secretary of CDCR, wrote in an email.
Haggerty was sentenced to nine years in prison, and if he had served the full nine years his release date would have been November 2027. Having served his full sentence “as defined by California law” means he has served at least half of the prison term to which he was originally sentenced.
CDCR describes post-release community supervision as a form of “supervision provided to an offender who has been released from its institution to the jurisdiction of a county agency, pursuant to the Post Release Community Supervision Act of 2011.”
Penal Code 3451 provides five categories under which an offender may be released from CDCR into PRCS. Haggerty’s crimes fell under this code, which made him eligible for release upon serving at least half of his sentence.
Simas confirmed Haggerty was given a determinate sentence, which means he had an assigned release date.
CDCR cannot hold anyone past their scheduled release date, Simas added. Haggerty received approximately 590 days of pre-sentence credits by the sentencing court for time served while he was in custody awaiting trial.
Under the determinate sentencing law, most offenders are sentenced to state prison for a set amount of time. This law sets guidelines, mandatory minimum sentences and enhanced sentences for certain crimes.
Haggerty’s crimes were considered non-violent sex crimes, so the judge in his sentencing gave him a determinate sentence with an early release into supervised probation under L.A. County.
Haggerty, a former youth basketball coach, was sentenced to nine years in prison as part of a plea deal for sexually abusing boys he coached at several schools, including Canyon High School and Trinity Academy.
He pleaded guilty in May 2019 to six counts of lewd act upon a child and three counts of sexual battery, all felonies, according to court documents. As part of his sentencing, he was also ordered lifetime sex offender registration.
Haggerty was accused of sexually assaulting nine victims, whose ages ranged between 14 and 17 years old, over the course of nearly a decade. He initially faced a maximum of 14 years in prison. But as part of his plea agreement, the judge sentenced him to nine years.
According to CDCR, Haggerty was admitted to the California Rehabilitation Center in August 2019 and two years later he was eligible for parole. The Board of Parole denied Haggerty’s request to be released on parole in October 2021, but Haggerty met his scheduled released date 13 months later.
According to a source familiar with the situation, documents indicate Haggerty will reside in Canyon Country under the supervision of L.A. County’s Probation Department. The California Megan’s Law website has been updated to reflect the change from Haggerty’s residential status as “incarcerated” to “Canyon Country.”
Additional details surrounding specific terms of Haggerty’s release were not available as of Wednesday afternoon.