Joseph Alan Kikuchi, a basketball coach of the Mark Keppel High girls' basketball team, was arrested on Thursday after rumors surfaced that he was having a sexual relationship with a 16 year-old female player.
Mark Keppel administrators heard of the rumors and alerted the Alhambra Police Department on the morning of Sep 15. The department immediately sent officers to the school to conduct an investigation.
According to Sergeant Gerald Johnson, detectives spoke with "the 16 year old girl, other students, and faculty and staff." Johnson said that the relationship started approximately a year ago.
Kikuchi was arrested on Thursday morning and booked on multiple felony counts, including a charge of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor. He told officers he had a medical condition and was taken to a local hospital, where doctors cleared him for booking. His bail was initially set at $100,000, as the county booking system automatically sets the bail according to the most serious charge. Johnson said that detectives had petitioned for a bail enhancement, or an increase in the bail amount, but it was denied by a judge and the $100,000 amount remained.
Kikuichi, who is currently out on bail, will be arraigned on Oct 23 at Alhambra Superior Court. Earlier news reports stated that his arraignment would be on Sep 28.
According to the Pasadena Star-News, Mark Keppel Principal Jacinth Cisneros and Assistant Principal Khevin DeVaughn were placed on administrative leave last week. District officials would not say if the incidents were connected, but said they've started an investigation.