February 14, 2017: Former High School Basketball Coach Sentenced for Child Sex Abuse
A 57-year-old man convicted of sexually abusing a teenager over a span of seven months was sentenced today, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
On Jan. 11, Joseph Alan Kikuchi of Monterey Park pleaded no contest to all counts in case GA097357 in an open plea to the court: 12 felony counts of sexual penetration by foreign object, five felony counts of lewd act upon a child, one felony count of oral copulation of a person under 16 and five misdemeanor counts of child molesting.
The open plea means a sentence was not negotiated with the District Attorney’s Office.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Jared Moses sentenced the defendant today to five years
in state prison. The judge also ordered the defendant to register as a lifetime sex offender.
Deputy District Attorney Rena Durrant, who prosecuted the case, said at the time of the crime Kikuchi was the girls’ varsity basketball coach at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra.
In July 2015, details of an inappropriate relationship between Kikuchi and a female student began circulating through the school, according to the prosecutor.
Two months later, a staff member at the school relayed the information to law enforcement, who then began an investigation into the crimes. Kikuchi was arrested and then charged on Oct. 21, 2015.
The offenses occurred between February and September 2015, according to the charging document.
The case was investigated by the Alhambra Police Department.