La Jolla Fencing Coach to Stand Trial on Lewd Acts

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

By R. Stickney
|  Monday, Apr 30, 2012  |  Updated 12:02 PM PDT
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La Jolla Fencing Coach to Stand Trial on Lewd Acts

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A former fencing coach at La Jolla Country Day School, who pleaded not guilty to lewd acts, will  stand trial on the charges. 

Vijay Prasad waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday.

Prasad, 50, 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.

The alleged sexual abuse began when the girl was 15, and she came forward five years after the alleged sex acts.

He coached an after-school fencing program on the La Jolla Country Day School campus and was in  charge of youth fencing classes in the recreation department at UC San Diego.

Now out on $200,000 bail, he'll be back in court May 14 for a readiness conference and then for trial  June 19.

He faces 11 years in state prison if convicted.

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