Part-Time Asst. Coach Accused of Student Sex Assault

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Eric S. Page

    An investigation is under way into the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old El Capitan High School student.

    Accused of the act is a 22-year-old part-time assistant coach at the school. It's important to note, however, that the alleged incident did not happen on campus, nor did it take place during a school-sponsored activity. The alleged incident happened at a private home in Lakeside that was used as a haunted house.

    The home on Golden Top Drive in Lakeside was used for Tom's Haunted House, according to sheriff's deputies. Students from El Capitan High were volunteering at the Halloween event, and deputies said that's how the alleged victim knew the suspect -- and only for a month or two.

    On Monday afternoon, while students and other volunteers were cleaning up the house, deputies say, the 16-year-old was assaulted.

    The day after Stevens was arrested, the Grossmont Union High School District, which includes El Capitan High School, said in a statement released Friday that it "aggressively pursues allegations of criminal activity against its students." According to the news release, the victim reported the incident to school officials on Monday. GUHSD officials said they immediately contacted Child Protective Services and the sheriff's department.

    The district said it would be providing counseling as needed, as it is concerned for the welfare of one of its students -- even if the alleged incident did not happen at school.

    According to school officials "Stevens was a walk-on, seasonal coach for El Capitan High School during the months of February-May" from 2008-10.

    The district said that Stevens was a dive coach for both the girls and boys teams at El Capitan. On the Grossmont College website, Stevens was listed as member of the dive team in 2007.

     Stevens was booked for oral copulation with a minor by force or fear.