Fencing Coach Sentenced as Sex Offender

Friday, Nov 16, 2012  |  Updated 4:15 PM PDT
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Former Fencing Coach Enters Guilty Plea

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Former Fencing Coach Enters Guilty Plea

Vijay Prasad, a former fencing coach at La Jolla Country Day School, pleaded guilty Thursday to sexually assaulting a girl between 2005 and 2007 when she was 14 and admitted to sexually assaulting another underage girl 10 years ago.
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A high school fencing coach who confessed to having sexual relations with underage girls was sentenced on Friday.

The judge sentenced 50-year old Vijay Prasad to five years in prison and he'll also have to register as a sex offender for life.

Prasad was charged with having inappropriate relationships with two of his fencing students at La Jolla Country Day, the girls were 14 and 17 years old at the time.

One of the victims and the other victim's mother read emotional statements during today's sentencing.

“His conduct that he perpetrated on these girls was something that had a lasting emotional impact on them, and I'm hopeful that they can find some healing,” said prosecutor Elizabeth McClutchey. “But it's been a very difficult experience for them.”

Prasad originally plead not guilty, but switched his plea in September.

The prosecutor said Prasad is not a U.S. citizen, so he may be deported after he serves his time.

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