La Jolla Fencing Coach Accused of Lewd Acts Pleads Not Guilty

Vijay Prasad was charged with 13 counts, including sodomy of a person under 16

View Comments ()
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    A former fencing coach at La Jolla Country Day School has pleaded not guilty for allegedly carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a student.

    On Tuesday, 50-year-old Vijay Prasad was charged with 13 counts, including sodomy of a person under 16 by a person over 21, and lewd act on a child 14 or 15 years of age.

    La Jolla Country Day School officials said Prasad was not an employee but coached an after-school fencing program on school grounds.

    He faces 11 years in prison if convicted.

    The arraignment comes in the same week that Los Angeles County Sheriff's department arrested 61-year-old Mark Berndt after a film technician processed distubing photos of children blindfolded with tape over their mouths.

    He is accused of committing lewd acts to two dozen boys and girls over a period of five years.

    On Wednesday, a sheriff's department investigation revealed that Berndt was investigated in 1994 for an alleged fondling incident. The LA County Sheriff's Department found that a girl, who was 10 or 11-years-old at the time, said Berndt tried to touch her inappropriately over her clothing.

    The allegation was rejected by the District Attorney in Los Angeles at the time.